Australian New South Wales State Launches Single Portal Open Data Set Repository

he government of the New South Wales (NSW) has put a single portal data set repository to access government data. According to the statement fromthe finance minster Dominic Perrottet, the portal offers a new way for people to access data.

The new site, powered by the Open Knowledge Foundation’s open source software, has 353 data sets listed. The data set portal also incorporates various agencies case studies and examples.

The site has attracted record number of requests since it has been launched. For instance search in the NSW State Records jumped from 7129 in May 2013 to 17,229 in the same period in 2014.

The data set is in a format which can be easily accessible and searchable. Moreover, the state government formulated a strategy aims to promote public and companies to use publicly available geospatial data sets while further enriching them by adding geospatial data on the state’s social and economic data sets. The state government made the data set available and accessible under the NSW Government Information Act of 2009. It encourages agencies to make their data openly accessible in accordance with the Act unless there is a specific and overriding reason not to release the data.

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