The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to transparency and openness. As part of this ongoing commitment, it is my pleasure to announce the release of the Tasmanian Government’s Open Data Policy, which encourages the release of public data sets by Tasmanian Government agencies for reuse by the public.

Open data makes data access easier and allows government information to be shared with the public for commercial and community benefit.

Some agencies are now providing publications and specific datasets under open licenses, including Mineral Resources Tasmania (Department of State Growth); the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office (Department of Education); and a suite of mapping datasets from Land Tasmania (Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment).

It is part of our commitment to increased transparency and accountability and builds on recent announcements such as making Right to Information releases public, and making ministerial travel costs publically available.

The annual Govhack event, which brings together people from around the nation to innovate with open government data, shows how The Open Data Policy will benefit the Tasmanian community.
Winning entries from the 2015 event showed how reusable Tasmanian government data could potentially improve road safety, inform consumer choices and provide regular updates on air quality for people with respiratory health issues.

Consultation will occur with current and potential data users to identify where government data can assist the information needs of Tasmanian business, research and community organisations.

The policy is available to download at

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