One of the key elements of Australia's Gov 2.0 effort, the data.gov.au website, no longer has dedicated staff and is now a “mature capability” that is part of the Australian Government Information Management Office's IAGIMO's) “business as usual” efforts. Data.gov.au is a repository for datasets Australia's government releases …
"the fact the site is self-service means any agency can upload new datasets without human intervention" means that ANY AGENCY can upload new datasets.
What could possibly go wrong?
Knowing the Austfailian Guvmunt, the password is something like "BEER", "ANZAC" or "WARNIE"
Public Relations flack/journalist thinks that Gov should hire more Public Relations flacks/journalists?
Nothing to see here folks. Move on.
Outreach is actually an important part of the site. For example the state governments of SA and WA still want to *charge* for their state electoral boundary GIS data and have restrictive licensing whereas the Qld government release their data free of charge with a Creative Commons license.
Some agencies still need to be convinced about the benefits of open data and we need people to do it.
Please let it die
data.gov.au is yet another disappointing example of what government can't achieve when it comes to data management. With its complete lack of useful features, I think it should be left to die peacefully before it further confuses the already confusing world of Australian government spatial data.
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