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    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Queensland Government's 'open data' revolution begins

    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Tuesday, October 09, 2012

    Queensland Government's 'open data' revolution begins

    A new Assistant Minister will be appointed to drive the Newman Government’s ‘open data revolution’, which aims to release as much information as possible to encourage the private sector to develop innovative new services and solutions to Queenslanders’ problems.

    Premier Campbell Newman said Member for Mermaid Beach Ray Stevens would be appointed Assistant Minister to the Premier on e-government, and a new website had been established as an accessible portal for all State Government information releases.

    “The LNP is determined to change the culture of the Queensland Government to be more open by allowing more public access to Government information collected in all regions, in all kinds of formats, for all kinds of reasons,” Mr Newman said.

    “In the past, Governments gave away land to stimulate economic development. Now information is the new currency.

    “Determining the data sets and statistics that are suitable for release, the best formats in which to release data, the appropriate timelines, and what legislative change is needed to promote the proper release and sharing of information is an enormous, important challenge I’m sure Mr Stevens will relish.”

    Mr Newman said examples of types of information that could be released include location information for ‘trackable’ government vehicles such as buses, trains and ferries, road usage data, crime and accident statistics, speed camera locations and hospital statistics.

    “Open access to information held by the State Government will help stimulate the development of new, innovative applications by all sorts of private individuals, companies and non-government organisations,” he said.

    “It will allow the development of new services and solutions, and promote new thinking on how to solve issues that affect everyday Queenslanders. Importantly, in time, it will provide open access to key measurements to judge the performance of not just this Queensland Government, but all governments in the future.”

    Mr Newman said Mr Stevens would work alongside him and the Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ros Bates to drive the ‘open information’ revolution.

    “In addition to the appointment of Mr Stevens as Assistant Minister, an Open Data Reform Group will be formed that will include the Director-Generals of all Queensland Government Departments to lead the culture change across government,” he said.

    “The Open Data Reform Group will seek feedback from the public and the ICT sector on what kinds of data, and what formats they need to develop solutions.

    “Once we make more data accessible, the Queensland Government will be encouraging application and solution development through new competitions and incentives. This is all part of meeting the LNP’s commitment to restoring accountability in Government.”

    [ENDS] 9 October 2012                                     

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