[@OKau] Light at the end of the tunnel

Steven De Costa steven.decosta at linkdigital.com.au
Fri Sep 25 06:50:05 UTC 2015

Congrats on finding that light Rosie!

In some cases a good effort and goodwill are the only reward. I know you
have been working hard and putting your heart and soul into this initiative
for a long time.

It would be awesome to have you present some of the details at one of the
forthcoming OK CBR meetups so just ping me if you'd like to schedule a time


*EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR*www.linkdigital.com.au

On 25 September 2015 at 16:24, Rosie Williams <budgetaus at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I've been struggling a bit over the past weeks getting a grip on the huge
> project I have undertaken. I finally feel I'm getting somewhere. I'm still
> on the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme thanks to some donations. I have
> some plans for the #OpenAus chats moving forward so I thought I'd post my
> latest blog post here:
> https://openaus.net.au/blog/2015/09/25/openaus-qa/
> Give or take a few bugs, I finally seem to be getting on top of things at
> OpenAus. Building such a complex site to address financial and political
> transparency questions in such a short time-frame has been a huge
> challenge. The site has been through a rapid evolutionary process over the
> past weeks while I figured out the best way make usable searches totalling Commonwealth
> grants data, tenders data and budget data <https://openaus.net.au/>.
> I've taken out some functionality to simplify navigation while integrating
> data from different sources to produce an entirely new level of financial
> information. I am also in the process of re-designing the user interface to
> make it mobile ready and vastly simplify navigation to access data. It has
> been a real challenge keeping up with my own evolving vision for the site
> and after some weeks I am finally approaching something that is both
> powerful and easy to use- not an easy combination of requirements to meet!
> I will be building apps to provide further functionality so I'm in for a
> busy few months. The change of ministry brought with it movements of some
> government functions to other agencies
> <http://www.dpmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/AAO_amendment_21_Sept_2015.pdf>. Structural
> changes are normally announced for implementation in the May budget so this
> new movement of functions and agencies from one portfolio (and Minister) to
> another will mean a busy time for me updating the existing data mid-cycle
> at BudgetAus <https://openaus.net.au/budget/index.php>. I've also added
> an easy way to find program cuts and increases to BudgetAus
> <https://openaus.net.au/budget/index.php> along with the latest revision
> of the Register of Organisations data.
> Balanced against all this coding is my weekly chat to keep in touch with
> people via the #openaus <https://twitter.com/search?q=%23openaus&src=typd> hashtag
> on Twitter. I was originally planning on focusing on a different topic each
> week but found that I was struggling to find the time to blog about each
> week's discussion- useful though they are. While I do need to catch up with
> everyone on a weekly basis for my own sanity as much as anything, I have
> changed the topic focus events to monthly on the 2nd Sat each month.
> Given the current refugee crisis, I've set down October 10th topic as Asylum
> Seekers <http://infoaus.net/projects/index.php/Asylum_seekers>. November
> 14th will be Housing and Homelessness
> <http://infoaus.net/projects/index.php/Housing_homelessness>. Regular
> chats run from 10-11am Saturday mornings but you can post to the hashtag at
> any time. I am building a list of resources for open data projects on these
> topics and will be publishing Q&A's with insiders on these topics to
> coincide with the chats. The chats are a place to find people who share
> common interests & share resources.
> I'd like to thank everyone who has been patient with the development of
> what has been my very complex beast OpenAus. I wondered myself from time to
> time if I'd ever come to a point where I felt I had achieved my goals but
> now feel the time is close at hand. If you would like to support the work I
> do please visit the sponsorship page
> <https://openaus.net.au/contribute.php>. Your help means I can pay for my
> servers and over time hopefully build up an income to support the important
> work in financial transparency in the longer term.
> Rosie Williams BA (Sociology)
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