South Australia is looking to improve its open data portal, data.sa.gov.au. Currently the Federal, NSW, Queensland, Victorian and ACT governments also operate separate open data portals. The Tasmanian and Western Australian governments only release data relating to land information, and the Northern Territory Government has yet to launch a public sector data directory.
The SA Officer of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has called upon Expressions of Interest (EOI) to seek information on supplier’s capabilities in hosting, supporting and administering SA’s open data portal.
According to the EOI, SA is looking for “a more functionally rich and robust open data portal”. The portal is currently hosted on a CKAN platform and will remain so “in the short to medium term”.
Suppliers are expected to incorporate the state’s future directions which include making DATA.SA a platform for:
- Data storage and delivery;
- Social “functionality”; and
- Analytics (including visualisation).
In November 2013, the State released an Open Data Action Plan. It noted that “Agencies are encouraged to release open data by 1 June 2014” and that “Each agency will develop an open data strategy and implementation plan that will include specific actions with reporting on progress.”
The Federal Government operates under an ‘open by default’ policy. In 2013, the then Labor Government released a Big Data Strategy that “Data sets that government holds are a national asset and should be used for public good”. The Coalition’s Policy for eGovernment and the Digital Economy noted that “government 2.0 efforts on data access and big data in Australia under Labor have had a muted impact so far,” and promised that the Coalition would “Request that AGIMO consult a range of private sector and community voices to identify value-adding public data sets that are not currently on data.gov.au.”
NSW made its data ‘open by default’ in November 2013 in-line with an open data policy. It stated “Agencies start from a position of data openness, with the prerogative in favour of data release.”
Victoria also has an ‘open by default’ policy. Under the DataVic Access Policy “Government data will be made available unless access is restricted for reasons of privacy, public safety, security and law enforcement, public health, and compliance with the law”.
Queensland mandated in its 2013-17 ICT Action Plan that agencies were to release open data strategies by December 2013. Each agency has now done so with the strategies published on the State’s open data portal.
The ACT is currently developing an open data policy. A draft policy indicated that the Territory would move in the direction of ‘open by default’ data. It states, “Open data plans should be considered as part of procurement processes.”