Government to Open the Data Vault

06/03/2013

For the first time, Kallangur and Pine Rivers locals will get to have their say on how public data collected by the State Government can be used to benefit our local community.

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said an interactive forum being held in Brisbane on 3rd April would focus on creating more social and economic opportunities for all Queenslanders, based on public use of government data.

"The Opening the Vault: Open Data in Queensland forum is going to strengthen ties between industry, government and the community by giving people a say in how a whole range of government data can be used for new purposes," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"The government has already publicly released data including vehicle registrations, crime statistics and school performance data, and we're looking to build on that."

"All these datasets can be used by non-government organisations, businesses and individuals in practical ways to deliver real benefits for Queensland and I encourage locals to put their ideas forward."

"This free forum will get everyone in the same room to talk about how this information can be used to create new applications and innovative solutions to problems."

"Anyone intrigued by open data should come along because they will have the chance to talk to government data custodians, share their ideas and explain what kind of datasets they would like to see made available."

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said members of the public were being invited to pitch ideas as part of a pre-event competition and a number of pitches would be chosen to present live at the forum.

"Prizes will also be awarded for creative pitches that have can potentially be developed into applications that benefit Queensland," Mr Holswich said.

The Opening the Vault: Open Data in Queensland forum will be held at The Edge at the Cultural Centre, South Bank. The program features speakers, case studies and open data exhibits. Representatives from a variety of government departments will attend.

Registrations for the event open today (March 6th). Registration information and competition details are available online at http://data.qld.gov.au/ or by calling 07 3405 5215