Open Data and Open Standards

Moyle Kathryn, Leigh Blackall, Jon Mason, Felix Hudson

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Abstract

This small study set out to gain an overview of which organisations within Australia and around the world are actively undertaking ‘open data’ initiatives. Data was collected through a desktop review of existing open data portals; and through an online survey. Many of the agencies reviewed for this project are government departments that seem to be in the first stages of their open data projects; however, there is also a broader base of relevant initiatives not associated with open government. Data from the not-­‐for-­‐profit organisation WikiLeaks has also been reviewed also submitted data. There seem to be differing purposes for releasing open data. Most government-­‐released datasets appear to consist of data that already existed prior to the start of their open data projects e.g., historical data, data created undertaking their normal business activities, and data that had already been published elsewhere (e.g., budgets and road toll figures). Government open data projects therefore seem to be making public, existing data as a public good. These initial releases of data are sometimes being used to promote the sharing of other datasets, including from within the same organisation. WikiLeaks on the other hand, is not generating its own data and has different motivations to those of governments, but is nonetheless accessing and harvesting large datasets and distributing these openly
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCharles Darwin University
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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