Data enthusiasts and professionals across Australia will again be diving into open government data this weekend as part of GovHack 2018.
The annual event is an opportunity for developers, designers, analysts and other innovators to use open data to deliver solutions to real world problems.
The Coalition Government is committed to increasing the quality and accessibility of government data to provide greater social and economic benefits for all Australians.
There are also benefits for the economy, with open government data estimated to be worth up to $25 billion per year.
Over 2,000 people will take part in the event from more than 30 locations across the country, including for the first time nine ‘kitchen table’ events for people living overseas or in remote areas.
The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), the custodian of data.gov.au, is the lead sponsor of the event.
Data.gov.au is the main source of Commonwealth Government open data used by GovHack teams. The platform holds 30,000 data sets, covering everything from the locations of health services to science and research data such as the phytoplankton monitoring of the Murray River.
Earlier this year, I appointed Deborah Anton as Interim National Data Commissioner to improve access to and use of open government data to help drive growth and innovation within the Australian economy.
The DTA is working with the CSIRO’s Data61 to improve the discoverability of open data. The Making Australian Government Data Available (MAGDA) program is bringing greater functionality and search capabilities to the data.gov.au platform. A public beta is currently available at search.data.gov.au and will be tested by the GovHack participants.
GovHack 2018 opens around the country this evening and will run through to Sunday afternoon.