Open Government Data Conference and Data Camp a success

The Open Government Data Conference and Data Camp on Friday 23 September 2011 were truly inspiring and thought provoking events, bringing both Australian and international perspectives to bear on open data and governments.

We extend our most genuine thanks to all speakers, participants and attendees – every component was integral to its success.

The conference was chaired by Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT Law Faculty.

Early in the day, we had policy and practice guidance from those working within government.

Credits—Photo:’World Airline Routes‘ by josullivan.59 licensed under CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Date claimer: Creative Commons for You, and for Government


Can’t get enough of CC? We will be making our way down to Canberra in about a month, so make sure you mark it in your diaries!

A free public seminar on the topic CC for You, and for Government, will be presented by Professor Anne Fitzgerald, Neale Hooper and Cheryl Foong on Friday, 4 November 2011, 9.00am – 3.30pm at National Library of Australia (Theatre at Lower ground floor), Parkes Place, ACT.

We want to make this event meaningful for you. If you have encountered any practical or operational issues in your personal or working environments, please contact Cheryl Foong at [email protected]. We will do our best to accomodate your interests.

For more details, updates and to RSVP, please visit the event page.

Open Government Data Camp

The Open Government Data Conference is coming up this Friday, with an impressive line-up of speakers.

The Conference will be followed by an Open Government Data Camp from 4pm-6pm at the same venue. We have updated the event program with a list of Data Camp participants, including:

Anthony Baxter (Google Australia, Crisis Response)
Keitha Booth (Programme Leader, NZ Open Government Data and Information Programme)

Full program for Open Government Data Conference now available

We previously announced that the Open Government Data Conference was to be held Friday, 23 September 2011, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The full conference program is now available at the event page.

This free full-day event has been extended to include an Open Government Data Camp from 4pm-5pm, which will showcase several Open Government case studies.

Open Government Data Conference in Brisbane

Open Government data is a topic of current strategic interest. From emergency and natural disaster response management through health, education and the environment, to the development of new-data driven services and technologies, it it critically important to be able to obtain access to publicly funded data, in reusable formats.

On Friday, 23 September 2011, 8.30am – 5.00pm we will be holding an Open Government Data Conference at QUT Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane.

Prof Beth Noveck and Prof Brian Fitzgerald talk Gov 2.0

Photo: ‘Just Landed - Screenshot’ by Jer Thorp, CC BY 2.0 Generic

LECTURE CANCELLED: Please be aware that the Beth Noveck and Brian Fitzgerald lecture has been cancelled.

For those Creative Commoners in Australia interested in Government 2.0, ccAustralia is very excited to announce that we are co-hosting with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi) and the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law two lectures by Gov 2.0 heavyweights: Professor Beth Noveck, former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the US Government and and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative, and ccAustralia’s Project Lead Professor Brian Fitzgerald, specialist Research Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT and appointee to the Australia Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce and the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property.

The two speakers have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Government use of Web 2.0. Professors Noveck and Fitzgerald will talk through their involvement in Government 2.0 initiatives in the USA and Australia over the last two years reflecting on what this means for the operation of government and more broadly the general public. They will consider both at a conceptual and practical level arguments for “collaborative government” as a strategy for creating a more effective and democratic system.

Senator Kate Lundy on Open Government and Citizen-centric Services

Photo: Senator Kate Lundy talking about Gov2.0 at SFD Melbourne by Chris Samuel. CC BY 2.0 Generic.
On 1 March 2011, Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, spoke at the Citizen Centric Service Delivery 2011, Canberra on the topic ‘Citizen-centric services: A necessary principle for achieving genuine open government’.

Senator Lundy opened her speech with the meaning of Open Government, which relates to “accessible and transparent data, the extent government engages with citizens in decision making and accessibility of government itself.” With that in mind, she focused her speech on the “three pillars of Open Government”: Citizen-Centric services, Democratizing Data and Participatory Government.

In terms of Citizen-Centric services, Senator Lundy envisioned central and tailored data services for the public, such as mash-ups utilising interoperable data. She cited existing initiatives such as Australia.gov.au and Centrelink’s online profile management system (among others) as good examples of information management.

According to Senator Lundy, the next pillar of open government, Democratising Data, is about “recognising that government data is a public resource”. She emphasised that it is about “ensuring that at the point of creation, government data is assumed to be destined for public release, unless there is a specific reason not to.” This means from creation:

  • data should have a permissible copyright license such as Creative Commons,
  • data should be stored in an open data format such that it is not locked into a specific product or technology,
  • data should be machine readable so that people can create applications that can use the data for new services or analysis,
  • there should be a strategy for whether and how to keep the data set up to date, and how updates should be published,
  • data should include useful metadata such as date of creation, author, any geospatial information, keywords, to ensure the data is able to be re-purposed on other ways such as by plotting the data on a map.

She pointed out that many government documents and cultural assets have already been released under a Creative Commons licence, including the Federal Budget under a CC BY licence – a world first of which they were proud of.

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘ Senator Kate Lundy talking about Gov2.0 at SFD Melbourne‘ by Chris Samuel, CC BY 2.0 Generic.