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  • 1. Protecting information rights –- advancing information policy
  • 2. Public Access to Spatial Data
  • 3. Overview• The open government reform agenda in Australia• Open government and spacial data – common themes• Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) promotion of open public sector information (PSI)• Impediments to open PSI
  • 4. Key FOI changes The open government reform agenda• Creation of the OAIC, responsible for FOI, privacy and information policy advice• Reform of the FOI Act – making public access to government information easier – requiring a culture shift to proactive disclosure – declaring that government information is a national resource• National information policy reform – web publication of government information (eg, data.gov.au) – re-use permitted through open licensing (eg, AusGoal)
  • 5. The open government reform agenda – innovation agenda, based on information sharing and ‘co-creation’ – engaging citizens online and facilitating community participation – Standards and guidelines on information management and sharing – Declaration of Open Government• State open government reform• International pressures for greater transparency• Open government redefined: – Public access to government documents upon request – Open data through proactive publication of PSI – Civic engagement and collaboration
  • 6. Open government and spatial data – common themes• Location and geography are a decisional driver – why (policy objective), when (time), what (cost), where (location)• Government information management has been siloed, fragmented, inefficient• Open PSI influences private and public choices• The value of information is enhanced through sharing and re-use• Effective spatial planning depends on open PSI
  • 7. OAIC promotion of open PSI• Towards an Australian Government Information Policy• Principles on Open Public Sector Information• Understanding the Value of Public Sector Information in Australia• Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • 8. Impediments to open PSI• Aversion to allowing the private sector to capitalise freely on valuable government data• Reluctance to release unrefined data or to lose control of data use• Fear of complaints or liability arising from public reliance on the data• Special interest objections to disclosure of particular information• Concern about privacy breaches arising from data-matching• Fear of unintended consequences through use of PSI• Cost of publishing information in compliance with WCAG
  • 9. Questions?Protecting information rights – advancing information policy www.oaic.gov.au