As part of the ‘App My State’ Competition, the Victorian government has released 92 pieces of raw data for developers to use. These range from Skate Parks to Crime statistics, even projected populations till 2056, so much data, so many possibilities. The really interesting part will be seeing what creative developers use the data to create.
Available in .csv files, the data is easily imported into excel and turned into graphs, but more interestingly will be web-sites driven by databases, fuelled with this open data.
It’s an interesting project and on that displays openness and transparency rarely seen by the government. What’s important to remember is that it’s our tax payer dollars that pay for the surveys that lead to most of this data in the first place.
It’s important to note that there are already two Australian Government data directories running:
Go nuts people.
The Victorian Government Data Directory is at http://data.vic.gov.au