[@OKFNau] Central ckan or other repository for Aus data?

Rosie Williams budgetaus at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 22 06:23:49 UTC 2013

Interesting to think that this thread about an open data repository able to receive contributions from the public was actually started by someone who is working with government data. The politician expenses data is actually a government data set so ultimately, when the government has implemented it's open government policies, won't it then be made available on data.gov.au?
As a member of the public I'm wondering if we should be looking at encouraging the government to publish its data in usable formats (as it should) or collaborating to create usable data sets without government assistance? Perhaps the latter will encourage the former or will it mean that then the burden continues to fall on people like Nick to scrape or transcribe and the gov continues to publish pdfs instead of csv's?
Are there going to be enough data sets contributed by the public to make a separate data repository worthwhile? How much data is still locked up in pdfs and the like that can be made use of?

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Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 10:16:59 +1100
From: steven.decosta at linkdigital.com.au
To: okfn-au at lists.okfn.org
Subject: Re: [@OKFNau] Central ckan or other repository for Aus data?

I might be able to setup and support one for community data publishers and use the same build we have setup for data.gov.au.
I'd just need to work out the real costs so that I know that it could scale with perhaps support from other sponsors. I'll talk with Alex Sadleir and look into it further.

Gotta do a short holiday first :)

On Friday, December 20, 2013, Nick Evershed  wrote:

Hi all,
I've been doing a fair bit of work recently to convert federal politician expense PDFs into nice, machine-readable formats. I was wanting to make the data more accessible, so was wondering what the best way might be to do this. Can you submit data to data.gov.au if you're not actually in a government department? Is there a similar central respository for aus data? If not, are there any plans for one? 

Nick E. 



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