[@OKFNau] Examples of Use of Commercial Government Data

Steve Bennett stevage at gmail.com
Fri Mar 13 05:13:35 UTC 2015

Hi Mike,
  John Barratt (Trendsmap) was talking at Open Knowledge on Wednesday night
about his weather site, theweatherchaser.com, which archives certain BOM
weather data and makes it easier to access. One interesting discovery was
that some of the biggest users of the site were people from the BOM itself
- that is, they were deriving benefit from this third party site that used
their own data.

City of Greater Geelong also has an excellent story regarding their 3D
urban model. They provide the model for free to architects and urban
planners on the proviso that they then in return receive an updated version
of the model back, with whatever new building/development added to it. It's
not strictly "open data", but it has a very clear financial benefit to both
parties (the figure I recall is that previously the council was spending
about 2 weeks to convert a set of plans into changes to the 3D model, and
that was now down to about half an hour). Will McIntosh could fill you in


On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 5:12 PM, Mike Ebinum <mike at seeddigital.co> wrote:

> Hey guys,
> Long time reader, first time writer. I recently had a chat with a
> government official and we were talking government data and all the
> benefits. The official said that they seem to be hearing a lot about all
> the benefits but don't have access to practical examples of how releasing
> government data has benefited different departments. Examples that they
> could use to as references to help persuade different people to get
> involved. I mentioned transportation data examples but they have a lot of
> those examples.
> I was wondering if people on this list could help me out with examples,
> case studies and positive references to where releasing government data has
> helped the greater community either by reducing spend, resulted in
> commercial outcomes or help deliver better services.
> I've create a spreadsheet
> <https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JBFyaqtX2o2PGmdxku0GXthPp6s1DDORCL99mBDNwuM/edit#gid=0>
> that you can add these too or just reply to this mail.
> Thanks in advance.
> Cheers
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