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Why so low data.gov.au?
One of the most common questions we have got since the data.gov.au upgrade to CKAN is about why the numbers of datasets have dropped from 1200 to 500. It is a fair question, and one we really should have addressed up front.
In the first instance, the migration meant a review of the 1200 datasets. We unfortunately found that a third of the “datasets” were just links to webpages or files that either didn’t exist anymore, or redirected somewhere not useful to genuine seekers of data. In the second instance, the original 1200 number included each individual file. On the new platform, a dataset may have multiple files. In one case we have a dataset with 200 individual files where before it was counted as 200 datasets.
Most recent statistics
|Number of contributing government organisations||123|
|Number of datasets||529|
|Number of individual files||1610 Data Resources|
|User accounts||16 Organisational Admins, 350 registered users|
Number of new and changed datasets in last month:
Finally, due to the excellent work happening in the State and Territory Governments, several of the State/Territory publishers from the old site have moved their data to new state and territory portals. This is quite exciting and we are working closely with the new portals to look at search federation options so hopefully, you will then be able to search any individual portal to find data across them all. More on that soon!
- Federal – http://data.gov.au/
- Victoria – http://www.data.vic.gov.au/
- Australian Capital Territory– http://data.act.gov.au/
- New South Wales – http://data.nsw.gov.au/
- South Australia– http://data.sa.gov.au/
- Queensland – http://data.qld.gov.au/
- Western Australia – NewSLIP spatial platform
- Tasmania – spatial data work
But the numbers are still too low!
Regardless of whether it is 1200 or 500, we have a lot of work to do. A lot of momentum has built around open data in Australia, including within governments around the country and we are pleased to report that a growing number of Federal agencies are looking at how they can better publish data to be more efficient, improve policy development and analysis, deliver mobile services and support greater transparency and public innovation. The Australian Government has a lot of fantastic data sets that many agencies are working hard to make public.
We need your help!
Today we launch the data.gov.au Request Site at http://datagovau.ideascale.com/ where you can publicly submit your government data requests, vote up ones you think are important, and add your comments. We will ensure agencies are alerted to dataset requests they are custodians for, and then we can also publicly resolve requests as we go so you can see how we are doing.
We look forward to growing data.gov.au, will continue to work with other jurisdictions on open data initiatives, and look forward to collaborating with you to get more value from opening up government data.
Australian Government CTO