[@OKFNau] non government open data? (and diversity as a side issue)

Alex (Maxious) Sadleir maxious at gmail.com
Sat Oct 26 02:33:51 UTC 2013

Open data by businesses can be adventageous as outlined in this Deloitte
I know Coca Cola are having hackathons in Sydney in mid November around
their supply chain data http://www.sydneyfirehose.com/

Specifically about diversity data, there is some low hanging fruit for this
community to make it easier to access the data.
The raw government boards data is available under a CC-BY licence but would
require scraping from http://www.ausgovboards.gov.au/boards

There are mandatory equality surveys of all businesses with more than 100
employees that are online and openly licenced at http://search.wgea.gov.au/
The numerical data is in tables in (a standard template) word format but
someone could write a parser! Converting the documents into a more
structured format could also allow someone to make a crowdsourcing app to
evaluate the written sections based on criteria. OKFN have a platform for
quickly and easily making crowdsourcing applications

On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM, slc2 <slc2 at postoffice.utas.edu.au> wrote:

> Hi all,
> It's fantastic that there is such a large push to open up government data
> but I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a similar push to get
> non-government entities on board the open data bandwagon and if there was a
> central place people could search for this data?
> For Example, I'm involve with ACS-W national board, which represents Women
> who work in the ICT sector in Australia. Which is a proffesion that is
> similar to Engineering in the fact that something like less than 20% of the
> proffesion are female. ACS-W have completed a survey on women who work in
> this area every two years for the last 6 years. I'm trying to encourage the
> board to open up that data to see if there is someone in the wider
> community who could also benefit or do some important analysis tasks on
> that data. I also know Engineers Australia also have a similar survey. It
> is all closely related to the work I do for Robogals and Girl Geek Coffee.
> Understanding why there seems to be a lack of diversity within these two
> industries is an interest of mine. I believe having a good understanding of
> the issues is a way for me to address them effectively.
> In my search for open data on wages/income and diversity I came across
> this report:
> http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/women/publications-articles/gender-balance-on-australian-government-boards-report-2012-2013-0
> which states: As at 30 June 2013, women held 41.7 per cent of Government
> board appointments.
> That seems to be a pretty good number. Seems the public sector is doing
> something about gender equality regardless of what is seen in Tony Abbott's
> cabinet.
> However from
> http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/women/publications-articles/general/employee-earnings-and-hours-survey?HTML
> it seems the gender pay gap is still increasing (Though if a female is on
> an award she is likely to get paid more on average than her male
> counterpart. I'm all for equality, I believe there are some issues facing
> men as well that a worth improving, like having equal parental leave).
> Sorry for the off topicness but thanks for reading this far.
> Is anyone up for having a discussion/provide some insight about any topic
> within this email?
> From Samantha Connelly
> Robogals UTas President
> Chair of ACS Young IT Tas
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