lca2013 – Day 2 – Session 2

Open Govt Miniconf – Open data panel

  • Cassie Findlay – State records – NSW
    • Mostly hard copies records but digital archives initiative
    • Started Open Data Project, making metadate as open data
    • API to catalogue
    • OpenGov NSW website
      • Mostly Annual Reports from Govt Agencies
      • Place for other docs to be released in future
      • Copies of last 20 years of Govt Gazettes
      • New API
  • Christen Normal – ACT Govt
    • Even when govt data available, often in hard to use formats
    • Needs to be more in line (format wise) to what community expects. APIs not PDFs
    • Variety of reasons why people want data, journalists, public, many with short time
    • New website, web servers API, download data
    • Technology not problem, people just have different attitudes
    • Expensive, not my job, people will find something was done wrong
  • John Billia – Aus Govt ICT management Office
    • Covers emerging technologies
    • Looking at Big Data over last 6 months
    • If used effectively will led to better govt
    • Concerns to pricacy, wishes of citizens as to if/who their data shared
    • Problems with governments of projects, better data might improve outcomes
    • Example was open source policy a few years ago
      • Checks every govt tender to make sure complies with Open Source policy
    • Also managing Whole of Govt transition to IPv6
      • Just under half Govt Agencies have already enabled IPv6 on external facing websites etc
      • More that half of rest will be up by end of Q1 2013 and rest by Q2 or Q3 2013
  • Julian Carver – Christchurch Earthquake recovery agency
    • NZ Declaration on Open and Transparent data
      • Active programme of release of data
    • Example “Charities register” , data via API
    • Example “ASB Property Guide” – brings up property data
    • Example “Info Connect” , transport data, used by 12 apps, eg traffic delays, looking at traffic flows to predict economic data
    • Best way to happen was to built it ourselves and embarrass govt
    • Ask people what they want released
    • Compulsory for agencies to release data
    • data.govt.nz ahead of Aus Central and State Govt totals