Seeking proposals for joint private-public projects using big data

Author: 
Marc Vickers - AGIMO

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As outlined in the APS Big Data Strategy, I would like to invite agencies, researchers and the private sector to submit proposals for joint private-public projects using big data in innovative ways.

We are seeking proposals for projects that would increase the efficiency of government services or deliver service improvements. Proposals will initially be assessed on feasibility. Those that are feasible will be assessed on innovative use of data, benefit to the community and return on investment.

The purpose of this exercise is to help government leverage the innovation taking place in the industry and to be a catalyst for future innovation involving big data analytics.
Responders do not necessarily have to have the infrastructure to conduct the pilot. If you have a good idea we encourage you to submit it.

Please note, the Intellectual Property of the data will become the ownership of government however respondents will be recognised and attributed.

Shortlisted proposals will be published on the blog. Please indicate any sensitivity related to this within your response.

Please send all proposals to ictpolicy@finance.gov.au , noting that this opportunity will remain open until the end of April.

Should you have any questions please submit them as a comment to this blog post and answers will also be posted here. Confidential enquiries can be sent to ictpolicy@finance.gov.au but anonymised answers may be posted to the blog to ensure transparency.

I encourage you to submit innovative and transformational ideas for consideration.

Regards,

Marc Vickers
Assistant Secretary, AGIMO

Comments (20)

Would you kindly elaborate on the note above, "Please note, the Intellectual Property of the data will become the ownership of government however respondents will be recognised and attributed".

How does this requirement impact on or affect existing patents and patent applications? Do you have a copy of any agreement that would be required?

Since you mention return on investment, can you explain briefly what you mean by private-public in this context?

Do you have a range of priority areas that require specific focus?

Hi James,

The Coalition’s policy for E-Government and the Digital Economy, released on 1 September 2013, contains the following action:

“Seek proposals from agencies, researchers and the private sector for joint private-public projects using big data that have promising efficiency or service quality payoffs (for example, analytics for welfare or medical benefits fraud detection; or predictive personalisation that reduces customer turnaround times).  The highest-return proposals will be supported to proof-of-concept and beyond”.   

We are therefore looking for innovative ideas that can leverage the power of big data to achieve effective outcomes in these areas of efficiency or service delivery improvements.  We recognise that there is considerable expertise in both the public and private sectors, and by working together we can achieve greater results than by working independently.  Exactly how the partnership works will depend on the proposal.

Regards,

Marc

Hi Rowan,

We are looking for innovative use of big data capabilities to improve efficiency or service delivery.  The Coalition’s policy for E-Government and the Digital Economy, released on 1 September 2013, provides the following suggestions - analytics for welfare or medical benefits fraud detection; or predictive personalisation that reduces customer turnaround times- however, there is no need to limit your thinking to these areas – be as innovative as you like.

Regards,

Marc

Thanks Marc for your previous answer

Do you happen to have a list of the "big data" sets currently held across the Australian Government?

Regards Rowan

Hi John,

Apologies for the late reply. At this stage, all we are seeking are proposals. By the Commonwealth owning copyright in a proposal as worded (data), it is able to readily publish the content of the proposal on this blog. This arrangement has no effect on existing intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, computer programs etc), that may form part of a project identified in a proposal.

Regards,

Marc

Hi Rowan,

A number of agencies have big data projects but there is not a single list of the big data sets they are using. Currently the Government is in the process of encouraging agencies with data sets to add or link them to Data.gov.au which is a great resource for finding reusable and publicly available data sets.

We are seeking proposals from both the private and public sector and so it is possible that non-government big data could be a part of a proposal as well.

Regards,

Marc

Having read your further comments Marc, I still don't know why the Government is claiming IP of the outcomes of these projects. Why isn't it simply insisting on a licence to use it as it sees fit, or is that all it is seeking?

Hi Marc,

It would be good to get some clarity on the language used in your post. What I suspect ‘big’ means for Government in relation to data might sometimes be better described as ‘significant’ or simply ‘public’. Certainly, the data available on http://data.gov.au is not currently “…a collection of data sets so large and complex that it [is] difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.” (ref: wikipedia).

This request for submission appears to be the precursor of Government as Impresario, which is something Nicholas Gruen has discussed in a number of forums. If so, that all sounds good to me :)

Cheers,
Steven

Hi Steven,

Yes you are correct, whilst http://data.gov.au doesn’t host any ‘big’ data sets just yet, it does link to a few which are arguably big data, for example census data. Data.gov.au is a valuable resource and a great place to start when looking for publically available data. Remember also that we are looking for proposals that use a variety of data sources in innovative and transformational ways.

Regards,

Marc

Hi Nicholas,

The specific details around intellectual property ownership will be further explored once the submissions are in, at the moment we are simply asking for project ideas. It may well be that the licensing option you suggest is the outcome that is agreed.

Also, if you are having any technical issues with the website please contact ictpolicy@finance.gov.au with any problems your having and we will be able to assist.

Regards,

Marc

Should we assume that the public partner will be an agency of the Commonwealth Government i.e. are program areas delivered by states out of consideration?

Hi Marc,

If you "are simply asking for project ideas" and we submit an idea you like, does this mean that you can accept our proposal and we have the project, or will you need to take the proposal to market to see if competitors can provide the same thing?

Regards,

Emma

Hi Marc,

Can you provide some context around the format and information you are looking to see in the proposals. We ask this to ensure that we are efficient in our response however still ensure that we convey the idea along with the sufficient details in order for your consideration. I am sure you could appreciate we also do not wish to take the time to provide excessive details.

The top of the commentary above says:

"We are seeking proposals for projects that would increase the efficiency of government services or deliver service improvements. Proposals will initially be assessed on feasibility. Those that are feasible will be assessed on innovative use of data, benefit to the community and return on investment."

Further down in the blog, it says "at the moment we are simply asking for project ideas" and later 'I encourage you to submit innovative and transformational ideas for consideration'

Ideally, can you provide the specifics on the assessment criteria? Essentially, we would like to understand what we need to do/and or how we should respond in order to 'tick all of the boxes' and be given a real chance at progression to the next phase.

Hi Anil,

Thank you for your question. We do not have a specific format that you must follow to submit your ideas. We require enough information for us to be able to assess the merits of the proposal – this would include what data you are considering using, how you intend to bring it together, and what outcome you expect to see from the exercise. In terms of the outcome, you should describe how you see your proposal contributing to a more efficient government service, or improved service delivery. Our assessment will be based on the feasibility of proposals,the benefit to the community and return on investment. We will also consider how innovative the proposal is. The Australian Public Service Big Data Strategy (link: http://www.finance.gov.au/sites/default/files/Big%20Data%20Strategy.pdf) may provide you with additional useful information.

Regards

Marc

Hi Marc

Is there a closing date for submissions?

Kind regards,

Mark

Hi Emma,

Finance must comply with Commonwealth law and policy before it can enter into any legally binding arrangement. The Commonwealth Procurement Rules require Finance to conduct an open approach to market in certain circumstances. In seeking proposals Finance is not conducting or intending to conduct a procurement.

Regards,

Marc

Hi Liam,

Thanks for your ideas. In answer to your questions, yes you may wish to partner with a research body, but the proposal must result in benefits for the public. This benefit could be derived from increases in the efficiency of a government service or service delivery improvement.

You may also submit multiple proposals if you like. Funding will be discussed with relevant agencies once the ideas have been evaluated. We do not have a set number for how many projects may be progressed, it will depend on the ideas that are submitted.

The call for ideas closes at the end of April at which time we will then evaluate them. Timing will depend on the number and complexity of submissions.

Regards,

Marc

Hi Mark,

The call for ideas closes at the end of April and we will evaluate submissions thereafter.

Regards,

Marc

Last updated: 17 August 2016