Government: Come hack our data

The Federal Government will open its data to developers this week for GovHack

This week the Federal Government will open its data to web developers during its first hack day.

Around 150 attendees are expected to descend on the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra for GovHack, where developers will be encouraged to test the effectiveness of mash ups between Australian Government data sets and commercial APIs.

Event producer, John Allsopp said the Government was keen to actively open its data this way.

“What [hack days] are really about is getting people to work with APIs and data sets that particular organisations have available, and it’s becoming a relatively mainstream event in the developer world,” Allsopp said.

There will also be a focus on how to best utilise Government data and make it more accessible to the public.

“It’s about showing people in government and industry what can be done when you open up your data,” Allsopp said.

Special international guest and hack day veteran Tom Coates will be in attendance.

The Government 2.0 Taskforce is in charge of the initiative which will be held in Canberra on October 30 and 31.

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