The Australian Government coat of Arms

Communities of practice

Communities of practice

Sprint 121 - Review

Hey data peeps,

Part of sharing what we’re doing with you all includes us publishing the outcomes from our sprints.
So without further ado, here’s sprint 121 in review:


  • MAGDA cutover
  • User research
  • Showcase and deep dive

MAGDA cutover
We released the latest version of MAGDA, and is now primarily running MAGDA. We’ve got redirects in place for a lot of the things (like the CKAN API) that are still required from the CKAN side, so nearly everything will work as previously expected.
We’ve had a few questions come through support about functions that have moved, and we’re either adding new redirects for those things, or providing people with the new URLs.
We only had one small hiccup during the release, where we forgot to scale up a component, but that was resolved very quickly.

User research
We’re wrapping up our consumer interviews by the end of this week. Thank you to everyone who contacted us and participated, your insights have been excellent for us!
We’ll talk more about next steps tomorrow, but we will be sharing our findings and our updated roadmap with this community as soon as possible.

Showcase and deep dive
This is maybe more of an internal note, but the team presented at the DTA Showcase for the first time in a while, and we also had a presentation to our exec on what we’re up to. We received good feedback from both events, and both were really valuable for us.

More easily using data on
We started investigating environments for you to more easily use data that’s hosted on
For this really early prototype we looked into the feasibility of Jupyter notebooks, and found that there’s a good model for hosting these on Kubernetes, spinning environments up and down on demand works really well.
There’s a long way before this is production ready, but this is something that we’ll keep on the roadmap, and we’re keen to hear from you if you have any suggestions or comments.

Other news - Sprint reviews
We’re looking for people to sit in on our in-person sprint reviews. These sprint reviews include the description above, as well as a demo of the things we worked on.
Initially we’re looking for data publishers or consumers in government, but we’re open to expanding that in the future.

The sprint reviews happen fortnightly on Tuesday mornings at the end of our sprints (next one will be 2019-02-05), and you can either join via Google/Zoom, or be here in person.

If you’re interested in attending, please get in touch.


Gordon, Bec, Alex and Gavin


Awesome work Data team!

:fist_right: :fist_left:

1 Like