Today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the Australian Government’s much anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The Australian Government states:
'We’re releasing more non-sensitive public data for private sector innovation, and we’ll use the data to improve service delivery and to inform and evaluate policy.'
In the Prime Minister's statement, he explains the importance of supporting data-driven innovation through open data:
'Spatial data, in particular, is becoming increasingly important to the economy given the rapid take-up and use of mobile devices in Australia.'
As Helen Owens, Principal Adviser, Public Data, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet announced:
‘The Australian Government has entered into an agreement with PSMA Australia Limited (PSMA) to release one of the most requested ubiquitous, high-value datasets to the economy, PSMA’s Geo-coded National Address File (G-NAF), and their Administrative Boundaries datasets.
In today’s digitally mobile world, location based (or spatial) information influences almost everything we do. Access to spatial data is becoming increasingly important given the rapid take-up and use of mobile devices in Australia. One of the most ubiquitous and powerful spatial datasets in a digital economy is a highly accurate geocoded national address file.
The future release of this data into the economy is a significant demonstration of the Government’s commitment to better use of public data'.
Ms Owens further states:
‘Making the G-NAF available under open data terms will remove barriers to greater use of the data and unlock and create opportunities for industry innovation and competitiveness.’
PSMA is excited that the broader economy will soon have access to these two datasets.
The Chairman of PSMA Australia, Glenn Appleyard, said:
‘Following its first release in 2004, G-NAF now underpins many of the products and services we use in our business and everyday lives.
‘G-NAF is also a testament to successful collaboration across federal, state and territory governments, overcoming complex licencing structures as well as variations in data models to create a truly national geocoded address dataset.
‘All this has occurred through an efficient fully commercial model that enables PSMA to support its own activities through revenue from its products and services.
‘The Australian Government's agreement enables open access to G-NAF for the economy and for PSMA to focus on our program of continual improvements to G-NAF to reflect the fast changing environment and evolving technologies.
This agreement exemplifies the strong relationship between PSMA and all levels of governments as Ms Owens said:
‘This initiative to make the G-NAF openly available has been achieved through collaboration between PSMA and the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments. PSMA’s success in aggregating data from across the jurisdictions has resulted in the development of an incredibly important and world leading national geocoded address dataset, which to date has been made commercially available. PSMA has worked hard to transform its business model so that this high-value data can be made available to the economy for use and reuse under open data terms.
'The G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets will be published under an open data licence at no cost to end users on data.gov.au in February 2016. The G-NAF will be provided as a Pipe Separated Value (psv) file and the Administrative Boundaries dataset will be provided as an ESRI Shapefile file. Updated versions of these datasets will be published on a quarterly basis.’
The Australian Government has released FAQs as well as the End User Licence Agreement in response to queries raised about the open release of G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries.
PSMA looks forward to continuing to facilitate greater use of our asset of national location data in support of the creation of opportunities for industry innovation and competitiveness.
Public Data Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, [email protected]
Kate Mann, Marketing and Communications Adviser, PSMA Australia, 02 6260 9000 or [email protected]