So in another data.gov.au workshop, last week I learned how to publish and use data on data.gov.au. I just want to start by saying kudos to data.gov.au for making the process of registering as pain-free as possible.

If you are at the point where you’d like to upload data to this platform. It’s as easy as going to data.gov.au and clicking Register in the top right-hand corner. If you are an organisation, best to have a chat with someone in the data infrastructure and government engagement team first. They can help you get set up as an organisation. Email data@pmc.gov.au or chat with Toby Bellwood.

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Once you are in, fix your profile how you like using the Manage button in the top right corner. As for actually uploading data, there are two main tabs you will need to understand: Dataset and Resources.

  1. Dataset is where you write information about your dataset, kind of like an abstract. This information you will see at the top of the page under to dataset title.
  2. Resources is where you upload the data. End users see this information under Data and Resources on your webpage.
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Examples of the information that can go into an ‘abstract’ and under the Resources tab

There is a range of functions in the data.gov.au platform. For example, you can set datasets to private or public. Think of the private setting as a place for getting everything just right before you make data live by switching it to public. You will also come across some fields you need to fill in, some of them may be new to you.

Data.gov.au requires you to follow various standards when filling in the metadata for your data. For example, if you work with data and information, most people are familiar with the date and time format ISO 8601 standard. Standardising these two fields is just good sense. They also ask you to fill in information like:

  1. AGIFT – Australian Governments’ Interactive Functions Thesaurus heading (makes things easier for NAA in future).
  2. Geospatial Topics.
  3. And to consider if a csv.geo.au specification is relevant to your data.

Although I make this process sound easy, like I mentioned before, to set up your organisation on this platform, probably best to chat with the team developed to help agencies through the transition. Or you could have a look at data.gov.au’s Open Data Toolkit to see what you’d need to do to get started. If you think your agency is ready to take the plunge, I hope you have fun getting your data ready for sharing, creating API access to your data and, at the end of the day, seeing how others use your data.

Here are a few links to training and open data events around Australia:

  1. Data Literacy – download the Word doc in the top right
  2. Data Skills and Capabilities in the APS
  3. Open Data Government Community Forum for Public Servants – email data@pmc.gov.au to get on the mailing list
  4. GovHack

 

Till next time!
DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome)

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