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Survey[edit source]

The survey is awaiting input. Please feel free to add information on any project you - the volunteer data entry person - feel to be an open data project.

List[edit source]

5 possible major nodes[edit source]

It was initially suggested we base our list from 5 major nodes:

  1. Open Access to Knowledge Law (OAK Law), a centre within Queensland University of Technology, to give us a more complete historical picture of open data initiatives in Australia and Internationally
  2. The Gov 2.0 Taskforce, commissioned by the Federal Department of Finance and Deregulation in 2009, to show us projects they see as significant to the more recent Gov 2.0 agenda
  3. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS), supported through the Australian National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative, to explain the type of open data projects they support and where they fit internationally
  4. Wikimedia Australia, a local chapter to the international Wikimedia Foundation, to show us local and international projects that are using Wikimedia projects as platforms for open data publishing
  5. Google Open Public Data Explorer, an initiative of Google Incorporated, to discuss the conditions for being included in that project, and to get a major commercial enterprise perspective on open data initiatives generally

Definitions, Terminology, Principles[edit source]

Technology, information governance, management[edit source]

Government, Gov Agencies, Gov funded projects[edit source]

Universities, Research Institutes, Research Projects[edit source]

Associations, NGOs, other organisations[edit source]




Models, Specifications & Protocols, Licenses[edit source]

Directories and portals to open data internationally[edit source]

A good overview of current public data sets is given on:,7.734375&spn=117.143188,352.265625&z=1

This is part of the Austrian Linked Data portal at:

The main European meta site for public data can be found at: This is an outcome of the LOD2 project:

Probably the most comprehensive public data initiative next to the one of the UK and the US is the French public data portal:

A repository for Linked Open Data can be found at:

A validator for the most recent additions to the DataHub can be found at:

The newest Linked Data Cloud will probably be published in the next two weeks at:

Meetings[edit source]

12 Sep 2012[edit source]

IMM and CSLLD Teleconference

Kathryn Moyle tabled an initial and very rough draft of the report, mostly to check that the style and direction of it was consistent with IMM's expectations. It was agreed that it was, and the Kathryn would continue developing the report, including notation to data captured in the survey, and drawing from information recorded on this wiki.

Some discussion was had reflecting on the poor response rate to the survey (10 entries only) despite email and telephone efforts to encourage responses, and then offerings to enter information on behalf of projects if they were simply nominated with a name of URL. The poor response is considered information in itself, and could be used to inform some level of critical discourse on open data as a movement.

The final draft of the report will be prepared by end of September, including the information captured in the survey and documented in the wiki discussion page. The report will be copied into the Wikibook, and IMM will consider using the report to inform their own publications.

3 May 2012[edit source]

IMM and CSLLD Teleconference:

Motivation for commissioning the work:

doing something different not just benchmarking best practice or getting "how to" from other players

Who do we anticipate being the audience:

  • people working with data
  • Those implicated for organisational change - policy makers, organisational development etc

Definition of Open Data: Partly to come from the project, partly informed by existing definitions. References to come. We will problematise the definition of open data - how it is perceived within the environment

Which organisations to focus on to start? (based on what our group knows now):

Victorian government - Nadia Mecoi - Nadia Mecoli SA government - Bryan King NZ government - Keitha Booth

Next meetings: Morning of 28th May 2012

Issues arising during investigation[edit source]

The following comments are observations & anecdotal comments based upon communications with stakeholders:

  1. Academics, while overwhelming in their support for the benefits of open access and free software, generally do not want to share their data because of "intellectual property".
  2. Services such as ANDS (Australian National Data Service) have currently put in place infrastructure that may serve as a useful foundation for open data & greater public access to publicly-funded research. However, most entries in the ANDS registry to date require significant further investigation to track down how to access the resources listed or described
  3. Discussion in this wiki is not easily triggered in this "Discuss" section
  4. There appears to be an assumption by some prominent communities that the "open data" agenda is being led by the Open Government movement Open Data Emerges as a Global Movement. Such an assumption appears to be questionable given the other facets to openness associated with the Internet (architecture, source code, standards, educational resources, access, etc).
  5. In September, Wikileaks was entered into the our survey collecting information about open data projects. Receiving this response posses a number of interesting questions around the similarities and differences between the motivations, methods and principles of a project like Wikileaks, and the seemingly wide growth of open government data projects world wide, and the open government or "gov2.0" movement.
  6. There has been a very poor response rate to the open survey (9 responses), despite the survey going out to major forums, twitter channels, to Offices of Information Ministers known to be engaging in open data initiatives, and direct telephone calls with offers to enter information to the survey on behalf of projects, if those called could just nominate a project. This poor response rate raises a number if old and new issues, such as whether open surveys are an effective instrument and method; whether the design and implementation of this particular survey was suitable (we did have it reviewed by several critical friends however), if simply we did not reach far enough into the open data networks (suggested by the majority of the entries being local to us)... or perhaps the poor response signals some other areas in need of consideration. If there has been a poor response from people inside the open data movement, and if part of their premise of that movement is that open data (especially government data) will improve democratic engagement, or enable crowd based resourcing, then a poor response rate to an open survey targeting people engaged in open data suggests that such a premise may be questionable, at least in this point in time...