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Australian Government Preparing Open Data ‘Toolkit’ to Guide Agencies
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, July 03, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: Australia
Created: Jul 08, 2014

The Australian Government is preparing an Open Data Toolkit to consolidate policies and guidance for agencies managing and sharing government data.

“This Toolkit will consolidate policy, guidance, case studies and technical advice on how to manage, publish and share government data more effectively and efficiently for greater benefits to the public service, industry and the broader community. The Toolkit will be updated on a regular basis as new information, guidance, best practices and policies emerge, and you can subscribe to wiki updates there,” the data.gov.au team wrote in its latest blog.

At the state level, the South Australian Government is developing an Open Data Toolkit, it announced in its Action Plan to Advance Open Data in November 2013. “The Office of the CIO will publish material that will form an Open Data Toolkit designed to assist agencies to discover, classify and publish data using open data standards.”

The data.gov.au team is also looking to integrate the portal with other government data portals. This will include “metadata sharing with….. the new national spatial map index (FIND at find.ga.gov.au) and integration with the upcoming National Map,” it said.

The functionality of data.gov.au has been improved “for easier discoverability and comparability of data”, the team wrote. The Finance Department is also working with other agencies so that users can find data more easily. It has “been in touch with other jurisdictions about sharing search metadata to make data across jurisdictions more discoverable across portals. We’ll announce more about that soon,” the team added.

The data.gov.au team is also preparing for its upcoming hackathon, GovHack. On 11-13 July, the event will bring together government, businesses and citizens to reuse and mashup government data in 11 locations across Australia. 

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