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Who is using Open Govt Data?

Hi there

I’m an Aussie, currently based in London. I’m doing a Masters at the LSE and one of my subjects this term focuses on Data Governance.

For my essay, I’m looking to explore how Open Govt Data is being used in Aus. While there’s lots of information available on the data that is available in Aus, and how that compares to other countries, it appears to be quite difficult to find information on who is using the data, and how.

Obviously the website has some use cases. In addition, the OpenData 500 project gives some insight into how the private sector is using the data made available on this site.

I’m wondering if there are any other sources of information about the use of Open Govt Data in Aus?

Thanks in advance

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Hi Thea

Here’s some info from PMC. Also ACT and QLD have some open data goodness for you.

All the best with the studies and give my regards to the old dart ! (I’m a pom originally, better now I’m an Aussie…lol)

Jenni Atkinson

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Hi Thea, I also recommend the Open Government Partnership info below:

Good luck with the report :slight_smile:

Maybe of interest…

GovHack is another good resource.
I was a tech lead for local gov / open data for a while. Data usage was a big unknown so good luck.

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Thanks Troy

Yes! I find the absence of information about data usage really strange! Interesting to know that you found that a challenge in a professional context too (i.e. it’s not just an academic question)

Thanks Debbie

This is great - lots of stuff in here to explore.

Thanks for taking the time to respond!


This is great - thanks Jenni!

Will send London your regards :wink:

Thanks for taking the time to respond - much appreciated.


Thanks all for the great responses!
I agree, GovHack is a really good indicator, even if it is somewhat shaped by the challenges set by govt/sponsors.

@theasnow, we’ve really struggled with balancing the need to make data open and accessible against the needs of publishers to understand who’s finding their data valuable and for what purpose.
At the moment we really just have quantitative usage metrics, and they’re anonymous.

We’re starting to explore ways that we might provide more detailed information to publishers, without getting in the way of the principles of openness.

So let me throw this open to the community: How comfortable would you be sharing information about what you do with any open data, with the publishers of that data?


One interesting use case you could explore is the Australian Renewable Energy Authority’s Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure(

There is a lot of interesting work being done using Open Government Geospatial data, including PSMA’s G-NAF (Geocoded National Address File) at (

Thanks for this. I’m really interested to see what response you get to this question!

Thanks Patrick - will check those out.

Data citation practices are still a work in progress in academia, even harder to get it to happen across government, it’s something that I think we all need to try harder to do.

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I am not 100% sure if I am using the same Open Data you are referring to but I often use Statistics and show the data and how to use it, when the statistics can benefit the business that I am working with.

To clarify, I show the data, its source, how to apply, to business owners

Great to know - thanks David. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

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Hi - I work for Transport for NSW and we have a showcase of users of Transport for NSW’s open data :slight_smile: – check on the front page. We also do a call out for users of open data on the forum too (

Good luck with the essay! (And hope I’m not too late )


@RF_ARDC do you want to comment on some of ARDC’s work and your experience here?

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At ARDC, we are supporting the research community, to do leading edge research (and innovation).
One of ARDC’s flagship services, is RDA - the national research data catalogue. We collect/collate/harvest from many government catalogues, including, data.vic etc, plus the State Archives, NSW, Vic, plus large government data intensive agencies, eg CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Bureau of Meteorology, plus all the Universities. We also work encouraging good practices around data with our Partners, including State and Federal agencies or programmes, such as NESP, an environmental programme.

Personally as an innovation researcher, I have used ATO (Tax Office) datasets to understand where jobs are growing and shrinking, both geographically and by occupation and industry, such as manufacturing. See data I published on this at:
My data (overall) has been viewed over 30,000 times and downloaded over 4,000 times.

I am currently researching the NBN, the national broadband network, who provide a lot of data about their activities, and corporate reporting, and writing a submission for the Joint Parliamentary Committee who oversee them, and are interested in how the NBN can evolve.
See a report I wrote on NBN at:


This is fantastic. Unfortunately too late for the essay, but still really interesting and useful. Thank you!