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Monday, 17th August 2015

Private Sector Use of Open Government Data: Results from the Open Data 500 Australia

Source: Department of Communications (Australia)

From the Introduction:

Open data is data that is publicly available at no cost to end-users. Open data can be used to launch commercial and non-profit ventures, do research, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems.

Data produced and held by the Government is a valuable service of government to the general public, business and non-profit sector. However, until recently, there has been limited scope to realise the full value of this data.

There are three drivers influencing the economic value of open data: new business created through apps and websites; more efficient interaction between Government and the private sector; and more efficient business practices within Government itself.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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