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November Branch Forum - Data for Victorians

Friday, 01 Nov 2013

Governments around the world hold vast amounts of data on their jurisdictions, and for the past few years have been opening up their data holdings to citizens to promote increased transparency in the operations of government, evidence based policy engagement between citizens and government, and the development of new industries leveraging previously locked up government data.

The Victorian Government announced its DataVic Access Policy in 2012, and is progressively opening its data holdings to citizens through its DataVic portal ( There is already a wide range of datasets available for access and downloading, including financial performance, traffic data and geospatial datasets from the Victorian Government Spatial Library.

The Open Knowledge Foundation is a leader in promoting open data and open content internationally. Its co founder, Dr Rufus Pollock, has recently completed a highly successful tour of Australian east coast cities, meeting with thought leaders across government, media, industry and universities promoting the economic and societal benefits of open data. As part of this tour, the Open Knowledge Foundation Australia network has been formed, with Ambassadors to promote its work in most capital cities.

For the past couple of years, a GovHack event has been held, where teams of developers compete over a weekend around the country developing applications based on available government data. These competitions have already produced some amazing innovative apps and mashups. GovHack is receiving increasing attention from government and industry as a source of innovation and insight for government and the community.

This is an excellent opportunity for IT professionals at all levels in industry and government to understand the emerging opportunities for development of new services for their customers and organisations based on access to previously unavailable, or high cost, data held by government organisations on topics such as transport, environmental, health, planning, business and spatial data.


  • Greg Gough - Manager, DataVic Access Policy, Department of Treasury & Finance
  • Fiona Tweedie - Melbourne Ambassador, Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Steve Bennett - GovHack 2013 Participant

For further information and to register please click here.

Date: Wednesday 13 November
Time: 6:00pm

Telstra Theatrette
Level 1, 242 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC