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The Australian State of New South Wales has released a new Open Data Policy (PDF) that determines “Data is open by default” in the state and that “Agencies start from a position of data openness, with the prerogative in favour of data release, unless there is a specific, overriding reason for data not to be released in …

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yeah, right

Their TAFE web access only works with Exploder. Even Microsoft have seen some light. {S}

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So are government department policies now to be open and transparent? Or is this just providing access to statistics, maps, etc?

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Will it make a difference?

It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

For years now, since the introduction of FOI (Freedom of Information law) and corruption commissions (in NSW, the ICAC--Independent Commission Against Corruption) etc., public servants et al have a tendency to commit to paper--computer--only information which they absolutely have to so do.

Much detail associated with decision making now occurs in corridors etc. and remains undocumented.

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Re: Will it make a difference?

I thought decision making was already done at clubs and company provided outings ? So how will it make any difference ? Until pollies and senior clerks cannot accept gifts over $20 at all nothing will change.

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and further more

just had to do identity validation on line. Guess which state does not partake ? <sarcasm> OK for federal gov and the other states but not "open" NSW. </sarcasm>

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