Next steps for opening gov data in Australia

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Pia Waugh

Feb 19, 2013, 7:04:21 PM2/19/13
Hi all,
this Friday will be an event in Canberra where the Australian Information Commissioner, the head of the Office for Spatial Policy and representatives from NICTA and the eGovernment Technology Cluster will present about some next steps in opening government data in Australia.
You can RSVP at and I'll be recording the event and publishing for everyone who can't make it in person.
It's going to be a big year for open data, and anyone working in goverment who is interested in the future of, please contact me :) My work address is pia.waugh at

Feb 19, 2013, 7:16:09 PM2/19/13
Thanks Pia - wonlt be able to attend but would love to get recording of proceedings.

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Alex (Maxious) Sadleir

Feb 19, 2013, 7:36:50 PM2/19/13
The Office of Spatial Policy will be talking about the Foundation
Spatial Data Framework.

This aims to provide 10 core dataset "themes" on a national level from
July 2013 onwards. Simple stuff like Addresses and Suburbs which were
inconsistently defined and licenced across different states. The
framework report suggests that at present people may spend 80% of
their time trying to collect data, leaving only 20% of their time to
do actual analysis!

The "Access, Pricing and Licensing" policy isn't available yet but I
would hope that this means very soon basic data will be available for
free and under terms that allow reuse.
The secretary of the Department of Resources Energy and Tourism
previously said of the framework that "We will be striving for open
access to a fundamental layer of spatial data, information and
services, using, where practical, Creative Commons licensing."
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