New data.gov.au – now live on CKAN

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Pia Waugh
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A couple of months ago in the data.gov.au Roadmap we announced we were moving to the CKAN platform. It took a little longer than expected, but today we are proud to launch the new improved data.gov.au!

This is just the beginning of a new effort to support and increase the open publishing of government datasets whilst making the data easier to use with API access and some basic data visualisation tools. We have also cleaned up all the old datasets, added some new ones, are talking to data custodians, and are looking at how we can federate the platform with the other open data platforms around the country.

We are also refreshing all the data custodian account details. Any government people wanting to publish data on the new data.gov.au should email us at data.gov at finance.gov.au.

We’re in the process of looking at adding some new functionality over the coming months and later in the year, but we wanted to get basic publishing right first, so please check out the platform functionality, let us know what you think here in the comments, and help us make data.gov.au ever more awesome.

We have had a beta of the site up since the end of May in time for the national GovHack competition which gave us a prime opportunity to test the platform with large number of developers. Thanks everyone including the GovHack team for using and including data.gov.au in the competition. We are looking closely at the GovHack projects that extended and built upon the data.gov.au functionality, as there were some clever ideas there that we think might be of value.

In other open data news, we have been chatting to open data people in governments all around Australia, from Federal agencies and departments, State/Territory Government representatives and a number of Local Governments. We are pulling together with them something of an informal report on the state of open data in Australia at the moment, as there is a lot happening and a lot planned. Below is a bit of a taste of the good work happening around Australia at the moment, and kudos to the excellent work of all involved!

Please note: we are updating the list above as we get more information from the jurisdictions.

So please let us know in the comments below what you think of the new data.gov.au platform and how we could improve the service.

Cheers,
Pia and the data.gov.au team

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