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  • ICT Strategy - Data.Vic Status Update

    09 September 2013

    This blog topic will be used to provide status updates against the stated action items under the ICT Strategy. It will also be used to broadcast general updates to the site and activities undertaken to support both the Strategy and the DataVic Access Policy deliver access to government information and data.

    In February 2013, the Victorian Government released its strategy on the design and use of information and technology to better deliver government services.

    The Strategy has been developed in response to three drivers: changes in citizen expectations of government services and ICT use; advances in technology; and current gaps in ICT leadership, governance and skills.

    The ICT Strategy sets out the objectives and actions of the government, focusing on three key areas – engagement, investment and capability.

    Data.Vic has been assigned two measurable action items under the “engagement” key area:

    Action 20 – Make spatial data discoverable and accessible through the data.vic website, and: Action 21 – Update the Data.Vic website to better support data release

    This blog topic will be used to provide status updates against the stated action items under the ICT Strategy. It will also be used to broadcast general updates to the site and activities undertaken to support both the Strategy and the DataVic Access Policy deliver access to government information and data.

  • DataVic Access Policy Standards and Guidelines

    24 January 2013

    DataVic Access Policy Standards and Guidelines for the Victorian Public Sector are now finalised and published.
    The DataVic Access Policy Standards and Guidelines provide additional background, information and guidance on making government datasets available. The Standards and Guidelines are a comprehensive resource designed to provide practical tools and direction on the release, licensing and management of government data so that it can be used and reused by the community and businesses.
    To read the Standards and Guidelines, click here

    DataVic Access Policy Standards and Guidelines for the Victorian Public Sector are now finalised and published.
    The DataVic Access Policy Standards and Guidelines provide additional background, information and guidance on making government datasets available. The Standards and Guidelines are a comprehensive resource designed to provide practical tools and direction on the release, licensing and management of government data so that it can be used and reused by the community and businesses.
    To read the Standards and Guidelines, click here

  • Find Your Family

    24 August 2012

    Public Record Office Victoria also has a searchable tool for the data on its website.  For more information see http://prov.vic.gov.au/research/ships-and-shipping or contact enquiries@prov.vic.gov.au.

    The datasets list all of the people who arrived in or left Victoria by ship, from the middle of the nineteenth century (when the records began) to 1923.

    This information is often crucial for family history research, especially in times when an overseas voyage was a much more significant undertaking than it is today.  As well as immigration and emigration, the records are also witnesses to other events, such as the various international tours of Dame Nellie Melba and the embarkation of troops for the distant battlefields of World War One.

    Publishing the data in complete form allows enterprising researchers to look for other patterns in the two-million plus records that make up the data.  Details such as  name, date, gender, age and origin details are available.

    The data was painstakingly transcribed by team of volunteers from the original handwritten records in a recently-completed project that has taken over twenty years.  Some of our volunteers however have been working for nearly the entire project! During that time, the nature of the project has changed radically from lists being published on microfilm to lists being made available via keyword searching on the Internet. 

    You can access the datasets by clicking on the links below:
    • Outwards Passengers from Victoria 1852-1915
    • British Assisted Passengers to Victoria 1839-1871
    • Inwards Unassisted Passengers to Victoria 1852-1923

    Public Record Office Victoria also has a searchable tool for the data on its website.  For more information see http://prov.vic.gov.au/research/ships-and-shipping or contact enquiries@prov.vic.gov.au.

  • Tim Berners-Lee on the next Web

    01 June 2012

    "Raw Data Now!" cries Tim Berners-Lee in this TED  Talk from 2009. We think it is worth a look (or a revisit) to remind ourselves of the power and potential of releasing raw data.

  • What now for government sponsored app competitions?

    06 January 2012

    Apps for Metro Chicago

    Given this interesting tid-bit, the obvious question to ask is - why, seemingly, do they fail (both app comps and the apps themselves)?

    How do we measure whether app comps are a success? Do we base it on the sheer number of entries, or perhaps the sustainability of any victorious apps? There are some who believe any government sponsored challenge should be tied to solving known service problems.

    Give us your thoughts.

    Some background reading to stoke discussion.

    Articles

    Everyone jumped on the app contest bandwagon. Now what?

    The merits of government app contests

    App outreach and sustainabiltiy: lessons learned by Portland, Oregon

    Competitions - a different take on the idea

    NYC BigApps

    Apps for Metro Chicago