Improved access to information and the data sets held by government promotes transparency, stimulates innovation, commercial activity and community engagement, gives researchers access to primary data and improves the overall efficiency of government by encouraging re-use.
The Victorian Department of Business & Innovation, Department of Premier & Cabinet, and Department of Treasury & Finance are currently undertaking a joint project to develop a Public Sector Information Release Framework (PSIRF). The project follows a joint parliamentary inquiry undertaken by the Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee (EDIC) in 2009, Improving Access to Victorian Public Sector Information and Data, and the release of the Victorian Government 2.0 action plan. Both documents call for more open access to government data.
So what is public sector information (PSI)? PSI is information and data generated, created, collected, processed, preserved, maintained, disseminated, or funded by the Victorian public sector. This information and data, including information products and services, may be stored in a number of information formats including presentation in electronic (digital), print, audio, video, image, graphical, cartographic, physical sample, textual or numerical form. PSI does not include software.
The framework, due to be completed in September 2011, will guide agencies to:
Categorise information and datasets created or maintained by the Victorian Government. This will be used to determine suitability for release. The framework will consider all Victorian Government PSI for publishing however certain PSI may not be released due to reasons of security, privacy, contractural, ownership etc.
Determine pricing models for the release of PSI. This will be used to determine if charging for PSI is allowed (minimum or no charging will be the default).
Determine appropriate licences for PSI with creative commons licensing as the default and a tailored suite of licences for restricted material. This will be used to describe conditions of use and re-use.
Determine appropriate metadata for the release of electronic PSI. This will be used to facilitate discoverability.
Determine appropriate electronic formats for the release of electronic PSI. This will be used to facilitate use and re-use.
Implementing the framework will be the responsibility of individual departments and agencies commencing with all of the 11 government departments and four inner-budget agencies (VicRoads, Victoria Police, the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Revenue Office). The framework will be implemented with a phased approached with prioritised PSI published released first.
About the Presenter
Greg Wilson is a Certified Project Manager who has 15 years experience in IT with the last 8 years specialising in information management and business transformation.
During his career, Greg has project managed and/or implemented a variety of electronic business systems including electronic drawing & document management, records management, content management, team collaboration, imaging, workflow, asset management, GIS and SAP eForms. His work has also included development of information management business strategies, business cases, action plans, and undertaking of strategic project reviews.
Greg has been engaged by the Victorian Government as Project Director to direct and manage the development of the Public Sector Information Release Framework (PSIRF).
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Why a Community of Practice for Information Governance
Author: Kate Muir, IBM Australia
Information Governance is about the People, Policies and Practices that enable an organisation to manage its information as an asset.As more and more organisations struggle with managing information it is worth remembering that many issues that we see in the news are examples of poor information governance.
If you ever wondered why ‘metadata’ (data about data) is important, the one closest to everyone today, would be, watching the unedifying discussions in Queensland about the meaning of the word ‘flood’.If ever anyone doubted how important metadata is, think on this, some people may never own a home again, because their insurance either failed to cover them for flood or covered them for a ‘different’ kind of flood.
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