Building a World Class Public Data Infrastructure

Building a World Class Public Data Infrastructure

Public Data Data initiatives
Monday, 18 April 2016

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Locate Conference is the annual, national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. This year, Locate16 was held from 12-14 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Ms. Helen Owens, Principal Advisor of the Public Data Branch at PM&C, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and delivered a keynote presentation on Building a World Class Public Data Infrastructure.

The presentation covered the significant progress made in delivering on the public data and digital government agendas. Ms Owens reflected on the journey of spatial data policy in Australia through a video, which can be viewed on the DPMC YouTube channel.

The presentation covered key Commonwealth Government public data initiatives and announcements, including:

  • the Public Sector Data Management Review which focussed on Australian Public Service practices and identified the current status and strategies for improving the use of and access to non-sensitive data
  • the progress to deliver on ANZLIC’s Foundation Spatial Data Framework including the announcement of December 2015 to make the Geocoded National Address file (G-NAF) and Administrative Boundaries datasets openly available via data.gov.au from February 2016
  • the announcement to establish Data61 which will deliver world-leading data science applied research capability.

Ms. Owens also talked about the future of the public data agenda, including the continued commitment to release high-value data into the economy and to build the infrastructure needed to maximise the use and reuse of this valuable national resource.

Further information is available on the Locate16 website.