Monday, May 16, 2011

Australian Principles on Open Public Sector Information

Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan AO, will formally launch the Australian "Principles on Open Public Sector Information" in Canberra on 25 May 2011. This will be during the Meta 2011 Conference, at University House, the Australian National University. I have been teaching the draft principles to students in the ANU course COMP7420 and am speaking along with with Senator Lundy at the conference the next day on "Designing for Democratic Dialogue".

Institute of Metadata Management

Press Release

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13 May 2011

Information Commissioner to launch
“The Principles on Open Public Sector Information” at Meta 2011

The Institute of Metadata Management is delighted to announce that the Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan, will be formally launching the Principles on Open Public Sector Information at Meta 2011 to be held at University House, ANU, Canberra, from Wednesday 25th May 2011 to Friday 27th May, 2011.

“The Open Public Sector Information Principles present a core vision for government information management in Australia. They mark a shift in thinking about public sector information. There is now greater recognition that government information is a national resource that should be published for community access and use,” Professor McMillan said.

“The Principles set out the central values of open public sector information: that it be freely available, based on open standards, easily discoverable, understandable, machine-readable, and freely reusable and transformable.” As well as the formal launch there will be a practical demonstration of the benefits of the Principles in a workshop jointly facilitated by the Commissioner’s Office and linked data experts, Dr Armin Haller from the CSIRO and Dr Tudor Groza from the University of Queensland. This workshop will clearly show how, by adopting best practice in the publication of data according to the Principles, the power of linked data and semantic technologies can be leveraged to provide new insights and business intelligence for government, business and the community.

IMM President Mel Taylor is delighted with the collaboration between the IMM and the OAIC as it demonstrates the joint objectives of promoting both the capability and expertise around better information management within the Australian government and, in particular the Metadata community of practice more broadly.

Meta2011 is the fourth conference to be held in Australia and is themed Business Realities and Implications. The 3 days conference will cover topics such as Business intelligence and analytics; Technology solutions; Data integration; Management, governance and stewardship and more.

By attending this conference, delegates are expected to go away with knowledge which can be shared and implemented in their businesses. Registration is still open and there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available. Contact us here to find out how to be part of the IMM community.

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