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NSW revamps open data website

by Ammy Singh •
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More detailed government data will be available to the community, in line with the NSW Government’s open data policy contained in its ICT Strategy, following the launch on 22 July 2014 of the NSW Government’s Open Data Dashboard on its Data NSW website.

Managed by the NSW Office of Finance and Services, the Data NSW website is the single portal to access State Government data. Among the additions made to it are information on popular and recently added datasets, case studies, news stories and examples of how datasets have been successfully turned into apps, as well as updates from agency social media feeds.

“The new Dashboard includes greater detail and additional commentary around the possible uses and interpretations of the datasets, which will make it easier for people to use them,” said Finance and Services Minister, Dominic Perrottet.

“The dashboard is also responsive, making it easy to view on mobile devices.”

The NSW Government ICT Strategy Implementation Update 2013-14 mandated the key deliverable through Q3 and Q4 2013-14 of “driving implementation of the open data policy across NSW Government”.

Since the launch of the 2012 ICT Strategy, the Government has seen 290 datasets become publicly available, with more people than ever now using open data.

According to Mr Perrottet, “we are now seeing data from agencies like Transport for NSW receive up to 40 million requests per month.”

“Another good example of this is the NSW State Records search API, which was accessed 17,229 times in May this year, compared to 7,129 times for the same period last year.”

Mr Perrottet said that the NSW Government is committed to making more government data available, and that open data is a key feature of its ICT Strategy as a driver of the NSW digital economy.

Open data has become an increasingly popular policy across Australia, with the Federal, Victorian, Queensland and ACT Governments all having Open Data policies and online portals. South Australia is currently in the process of improving its open data portal.

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