Government Information and Data - New South Wales
Articles and resources about e-Government initiatives related to the provision of government information and data including publications and freedom of information in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
This category last updated: 30 May 2013
NSW Government ICT Strategy 2012
- NSW Department of Finance and Services, May 4, 2012. "Information and communications technology is an everyday tool for almost all our daily transactions and information needs. It allows for innovative approaches to government service delivery and community and industry engagement. The NSW Government ICT Strategy 2012 sets out the first steps to support the public sector to drive better service delivery, greater transparency and better value from investment in ICT...
The NSW Government is putting the citizens at the centre of decision making and transforming the way we provide services. Information and communications technology (ICT) provides the way to better deliver services to residents while at the same time enabling government to be more flexible and efficient in the conduct of its business.
We are committed to making it easier for NSW citizens to interact with government, to harnessing the opportunities provided by ICT to improve government operations, and to developing the ICT industry in NSW..."
NSW Government Open Data Policy: Consultation Draft v.0.1 - in pdf format (608kb)
- (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). New South Wales Government, May 2013. "The NSW Government ICT Strategy prioritises open data, and this Policy aims to assist agencies across the NSW Government in embedding open data principles in their operations.
The purpose of this Policy is to:
• Simplify and facilitate the release of data by NSW Government agencies;
• Make explicit the NSW Government’s commitment to open data and open government;
• Create a practical policy framework that enables high-value datasets to be released to the public;
• Reduce the cost of delivering government services and create efficiencies;
• Help agencies in understanding community and industry priorities for open data; and
• Support the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPAA) and promote simple and efficient compliance with the requirements set out in that Act.
This Policy helps facilitate implementation of best practice open data principles across the NSW public sector..."
Draft NSW Government Open Data Policy - open for comment
- NSW Government. "After consultation with stakeholders from across NSW Government, a draft Open Data Policy has been released for public comment.
Open data is a key priority under the NSW Government ICT Strategy, and it supports government transparency, accountability and efficiency. Through better use of government data, it can lead to enhanced services for the citizens of NSW. For example, innovative mobile or desktop apps can be developed using new government datasets.
We welcome your participation in the discussion Forum below, or your submissions via the Submission form, on the draft text of the policy.
Submissions close on 17 June 2013..."
NSW Govt bids for self-service analytics
- By Liz Tay. IT News, May 24, 2013. "Agencies applaud new workforce reports. NSW’s Public Service Commission has moved 70 percent of its workforce reports off static PDF files in a bid to reduce demand for custom analysis...
The commission moved 20GB of data to the new data warehouse, built on Microsoft technology and housed on commodity, Intel-based hardware.
It installed business intelligence software from Microsoft and Qlikview, with the latter used to produce and deliver interactive reporting dashboards for internal and external users..."
How open should open data be? Transport for NSW at the centre of a data controversy
- eGov AU - Craig Thomler's professional blog - eGovernment and Gov 2.0 thoughts and speculations from an Australian perspective, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. "Some will remember the knots that RailCorp tied itself into in 2009 when attempting to sue three developers for packaging Sydney rail timetables into mobile apps.
How things have changed. Recently the NSW government applauded one of those developers for his mobile app, which has reportedly been downloaded a million times.
However the agency which absorbed RailCorp, Transport for NSW, has now been thrust into the centre of another data controversy, with Fairfax's Ben Grubb reporting a row over how real-time transport data has been released..."
Row over 'anti-competitive' real-time transport data release
- by Ben Grubb. Sydney Morning Herald, April 30, 2013. "The NSW government has been accused of creating an "anti-competitive" environment among public transport app developers by allowing only some to access its real-time bus and train data.
Developer Theo Julienne, one of the researchers who cracked the secret algorithm used on Sydney's public transport tickets, which could in theory allow him to print his own, says Transport for NSW is creating the environment by only releasing its real-time transport data to the winners of two competitions it held with app developers.
Access to real-time data allows smartphone app developers to integrate position data from buses and trains into their apps to provide a more accurate up-to-the-minute timetable..."
State Records launches OpenGov NSW
- The State Records Authority of New South Wales. "This week State Records is launching a new website, OpenGov NSW. It will provide a simple and easily accessible path to NSW Government published information – both contemporary and historical.
Formerly known as Publications NSW, OpenGov NSW is a searchable online repository for information published by NSW Government agencies, including Annual Reports and open access information released under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act)..."
Opening up government in NSW
- eGov AU - Craig Thomler's professional blog - eGovernment and Gov 2.0 thoughts and speculations from an Australian perspective, Wednesday, September 26, 2012. "While largely unreported, earlier this year the NSW government became the first state jurisdiction in Australia to provide a formal written commitment to open government at a Premier level.
In Victoria, which took an early lead as a state, Government 2.0 (which isn't quite the same as open government) never received a formal commitment from the Premier, and while the ACT has done good work in this space, and is actively pursuing an open government agenda, there's not been an actual formal written commitment from the Chief Minister..."
NSW Govt opens transport data to Google Maps, developers
- By Josh Taylor. ZDNet, July 25, 2012. "Summary: The NSW Government has opened up the data on Sydney train, bus and ferry timetables to Google and other third party developers, but real-time data is no where to be seen. Sydney has joined Canberra, Adelaide and some 475 other cities worldwide in allowing people to plan their trips on public transport via Google Maps, in a joint project between Google and the New South Wales Government..."
Are we missing the bus on Gov 2.0 data?
- By Stilgherrian, ZDNet Australia, June 20, 2011. "A popular Sydney Buses app died when Sydney Transit cut off the data feed after just a few weeks, citing lack of server capacity. Developer Ben Hosken is disappointed, but he's more concerned that developers aren't making enough use of the government data on offer.
Hosken, who heads up Flink Labs, created the app for the apps4nsw 2011 competition in February. Despite the app's web page scoring 200,000 page views over the three weeks in which it was active, he knew that the live bus location data would only be available for the duration of the competition — and he understands that serving out data reliably isn't as easy as you might first think..."
Cutting commutes with data mining
- By Mahesh Sharma, ZDNet Australia, February 28, 2011. "Sydney drivers on the notoriously congested M4 tollway could soon shorten their commutes courtesy of a recently completed data mining competition coordinated by local start-up Kaggle. The competition was to produce an algorithm to forecast travel times on the M4 for intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 24 hours with the greatest accuracy. It was contested by 364 teams from the Kaggle community — consisting of professional data analysts, statisticians and students from around the world — who used over two years worth of historical data from the NSW roads and traffic authority..."
NSW govt opens up data for app development
- Public transport, energy and environmental data on the agenda, by Georgina Swan (Techworld Australia). Computerworld, 18 February, 2011. "Software developers will have the chance to create mash up data and innovative applications as the NSW government opens up information on public transport, energy use and the environment for community use. Developers will attend the apps4nsw Development Day weekend at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, but the prize pot has been significantly downgraded with prizes of up to $1500 for the best entries. Last year’s competition winners, Brad Spencer's Demographic Drapes and the Smart Mashups team, took home $15,000 in prizes..."
Realtime Sydney Buses
- Flink Labs. "Realtime Sydney Buses is an interactive visualisation showing the location of buses in and around Sydney and Newcastle. You can zoom in and out of the map, rollover a bus to see which service it is and filter the buses you see using the search at the top of the screen. Each bus is equipped with a hardware device that records its location via GPS, and transmits it to a central server via the 3G mobile network. Buses transmit these messages at certain intervals and also when they pass certain points along their intended route. The position of each bus is updated and published every minute or so..."
What Australian government data would you like to see online under an open reuse license?
- eGov AU - Craig Thomler's professional blog - eGovernment and Gov 2.0 thoughts and speculations from an Australian perspective, Wednesday, December 8, 2010. "The NSW government has introduced a new service where people can provide suggestions on what government information they would like to access via a web or mobile front-end..."
NSW data catalogue up for refresh
- By Luke Hopewell, ZDNet Australia, July 26, 2010. "The New South Wales Government Chief Information Office has asked the public what data it wants opened up in an upcoming refresh of the state's public data catalogue..."