Open data stickers, by Jonathan Gray
The OKFN AU listserv is a mailing list for those who want to get involved in building communities around open knowledge and open data in Australia as a part of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s global network. It’s a fantastic place to learn more about open data in Australia, connect with others working in the area, and ask questions.
Recently I put a question to the list regarding the notion of ‘high value datatsets’, and whether there were useful criteria or methodologies for their identification that they could point me to. Noting, as I felt it was important to do, the difficulty in trying to establish a normative measure of something that is inherently a subjective matter (of value to whom? in what terms?). (more…)
This week we saw the release by the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Office of a set of criteria for the development and implementation of digital services: the Digital Services Standard.
In case you missed it, the DTO was launched at UTS in Sydney last month by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with the former US government CIO Vivek Kundra in attendance. As was noted in his press statement on the day:
The DTO will comprise a small team of developers, designers, researchers and content specialists working across government to develop and coordinate the delivery of digital services. The DTO will operate more like a start-up than a traditional government agency, focussing on end-user needs in developing digital services. (more…)