[@OKau] So what is this all about?

Steven De Costa steven.decosta at linkdigital.com.au
Wed Jul 15 09:48:43 UTC 2015

Makes sense :)

I think it might just help to do some of this stuff with full context in
mind. So, for this case we should do a blog post and fully describe the
intention rather than throw out a tweet and potentially get people within
govt off side.

Do you have an account on au.okfn.org so you can put this info into the

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Matthew Cengia <mattcen at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Steven,
> This is my doing, after discussions with a couple of the other OK folks
> here in Melbourne.
> Our goal is not to chastise data owners for their poorly formatted or
> poorly accessible data, but to find data that has accessibility issues
> and, assuming the data is in demand from the community, see what we can
> do to help data owners make the data more accessible.
> The main driver from my perspective was that it wasn't clear to me when
> I started GovHack that I'd need to request data from the Spatial
> Datamart, deal with the fact hat Spatial Datamart went down several
> times, and then wait for the data to turn up in my inbox. I completely
> understand that this was a perfectly suitable resource when the data was
> being requested only by other government departments and waiting a day
> or two wouldn't be an issue, and I understand that data owners don't
> have infinite resources to make the data trivially accessible, but I
> think it's helpful for users to be aware what pitfalls each dataset has
> so they can be prepared to deal with them if and when the request that
> data.
> I took a couple of the criteria from http://global.census.okfn.org/ to
> determine the accessiblity of various data. I also intended that we
> would try to drop some of our findings in the Disqus page for each data
> set, but figured a central location would be a good start. I'm
> completely open to suggestions on better ways to deal with this
> situation.
> Does that all make sense?
> On 2015-07-15 19:26, Steven De Costa wrote:
> > heya folks,
> >
> > I might be out of the loop, but this looks like a public name and shame
> > campaign.
> >
> > https://twitter.com/okfnau/status/621234138956214272
> >
> > Maybe there is a more effective way for okau to influence folks to
> publish
> > machine readable data? I'm not sure if it will help okau to support the
> > great efforts being put in by various jurisdictions if we are pushing
> > technical frustrations surrounding  published data publicly.
> >
> > But, as I said I might be out of the loop...
> >
> > Do we have a broad concern surrounding open data that is being published?
> > If so, could we perhaps sort out our objectives regarding the
> improvements
> > we'd like to see and then work directly with each jurisdiction to help
> them?
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Steven
> >
> >
> >
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> Matthew Cengia

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