Earlier this month the Department of Communication, in conjunction with New York University’s GovLab team, launched the Open Data 500 research project as the first comprehensive study of Australian companies and non-profit organisations that use open government data to generate new business, develop new products and services, improve business operations or create social value.
The research initiative was launched by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Locate15 conference on 11 March.
The results of the study will be used to develop a publicly available report that will help businesses to identify ways to reduce the costs of accessing government data, including licencing, versioning and control costs.
GovLab was founded by Beth Simone Novak, who was formally the United States deputy chief technology officer for open government and led President Obama’s Open Government initiative.
If your organisation uses open data, or you know an organisation that does, please participate in this study. The more information available on how and why open data is used, the more attention it will receive from Australia’s governments.
More information about the study, and the survey for businesses and not-for-profits to complete are available at the website – http://www.opendata500.com/au