The data.gov.au platform is set to become a “world-leading example of public open data infrastructure” under new plans by the Data Infrastructure Engagement (DIGE) team and Data61 (CSIRO’s digital research network).
Data61 was tasked with employing “data analytics to connect disparate government datasets and publicly release them on open data platforms” as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. The revamp of data.gov.au is intended to deliver improved search and discovery, better support for collaboration, a quality framework that assists publishers, and a more robust publishing process.
The current data.gov.au platform was launched in 2013 and enables searching across its own catalogue of data, as well as a number of other agency, state and territory data catalogues.
Several workshops with a range of government entities have already taken place to determine the initial priorities and direction of the project. The first prototype showcasing improved functionality for searching will be available later this year. Further prototypes focused on data publishing, data quality, better spatial publishing, and integration between NationalMap and data.gov.au will be released in 2017.
Changes have been made to the existing platform to facilitate the prototyping process and to provide Data61 with a richer catalogue for experimenting with search. This has increased the discoverable datasets figure on data.gov.au to just over 23,000, with this number expected to fluctuate as algorithms are refined.
The Data Analytics for Effective Decision Making conference, taking place in Sydney this November, will address the key issues faced by government departments and agencies as they move towards more open data. Delegates will discover innovative methods of analysis and communication, and explore the expanding horizons of implementing a whole-of-government approach to efficient data usage. Book your place by September 30th to save $200 on ticket prices.