4 June 2013

NSW govt opens data to public

The NSW state government has released its draft open data policy, which aims to make state-owned data – including spatial data – available to the public at no charge, where possible.

The policy will apply to all government departments, statutory bodies and shared service providers while state-owned corporations will be exempt although it is recommended they adopt it. The public are invited to share their views on how NSW can make information more accessible.

The 14-page document says the data should be provided free of charge where appropriate “to encourage its widespread use for innovation, achieve the maximum value from the data for the citizens of NSW, and to enhance transparency of government”.

“Where it is not possible to provide data free of charge, or this is not suitable in the circumstances, data will nonetheless be provided at a reasonable price.

“Factors affecting pricing decisions include the public interest and the effect of other policy or legislative provisions,” the policy said.

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