The Queensland government has unveiled a two-year, $400,000 funding agreement with the Open Data Institute Queensland (ODIQ). ODIQ, founded in December 2014, is the first Australian node of the UK-headquartered Open Data Institute Global Network.
The institute was co-founded in 2012 by web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt. ODIQ says its mission is “to catalyse open data for the benefit of everyone”.
“Open data is one of the building blocks to create the knowledge-based jobs of the future,” Queensland innovation minister Leeanne Enoch said in a statement. “It can enable research and innovation, stimulate startups, drive productivity and build on our natural advantages.”
The funding will be used to help identify high-value data within Queensland government agencies, design tools for businesses to help boost data-driven decision making, and develop a platform to automate the certification of datasets published by state government agencies.
Queensland first launched an open data portal for state agencies in December 2012.
At a national level, the availability and use of public and private data by individuals and organisations is currently the subject of a Productivity Commission inquiry.
Data held by the federal government was deemed a “strategic national resource”, under policy statement authorised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in December. The policy commits the federal government to expanding public access to the data it creates.