I know that institutions such as NLA and ABC hold huge archives of recordings of Australian history - historical music, news coverage of significant events, oral history interviews and so on. Here's the NLA talking about some of their audio recordings http://www.nla.gov.au/fishtrout/ and here's some of the gems in the National Film and Sound ARchive http://www.nfsa.gov.au/the_collection/ the USA has loads of their historical... more »
This is a slightly harder one, but there is no one place anyone can go to find out what emergencies or issues are happening in my area, or in anywhere I might be heading. The SA CFS site could be a starting point for this information: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/news_media/current_incidents.jsp Surely information could be gathered for all jurisdictions which could then be consolidated into a single feed, but this... more »
We can look at the images that google maps holds, but we can't take them and make our own maps, just drop the odd "marker" on them. The government, however, various agencies, hold many maps that could be released for citizen re-use. Or they could even simply contribute useful information to the growing open-source projects out there such as Open Street Map, which have streetmaps that the public can use... http://www.openstreetmap.org/... more »
Release the timetables and stop locations from PDF maps and HTML tables from www.action.act.gov.au. Consider adoption of the Google Transit data structure.
This request is for all data relating to water management of the Murray Darling system, e.g., - rainfall - inflows - rivers flows at weirs and barrages - water storage - state entitlements - historical data for all of the above Note that the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MBDA) publishes stats on their web site (http://www.mdba.gov.au), e.g., water in storage (http://www.mdba.gov.au/water/waterinstorage), but does... more »
Possible implementations could include:
- Permanent URLs for legislation to populate referring mandate metadata
- RSS feeds for a given legislation
- RDF descriptions of legislation
This could empower a new level of legal-literacy. A law is created (or revised) and a citizen is able to quickly examine how that impacts services or programs the government may provide to them.
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Statistics-1 * Ageing and Aged Care Statistics * Facts and Figures * Electorate Reports on Health Data * General Practice Statistics * General Practice Statistics for Divisions of General Practice * General practitioner demographics * General practitioner types and place of qualification * Number of... more »
Imagine the potential if land title information could be mashed up with other geo data. Simply having the geo location for every street address in Australia freely available would be incredible. Imagine if you could find out how the property is zoned, maybe who or what owns it. To the best of my knowledge all this information is kept at the state/territory level. See for instance (for Victoria) http://services.land.vic.gov.au/landchannel/jsp/map/InteractiveMapIntro.jsp... more »
CDATA is a fantastic system from the ABS to access census data (http://www.abs.gov.au/CDATAOnline) - however it would be even better if it could be accessed via an API that allowed the data to be mashed-up easily into other sites.
One example of openly accessible public sector information that exists within state government is the Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP), a Western Australian cross-government initiative spearheaded by Landgate, the state’s authority on land information. SLIP brings together spatial datasets from approximately twenty agencies (mostly at state level, but also some from local and federal level), and disseminates them... more »
CSIRO's scienceimage is an image library specialising in science and nature images.
Note that these images must currently be purchased!
http://www.psma.com.au/products/administrativeboundaries.cfm The Administrative Boundaries dataset comprises five themes: * Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) boundaries * electoral boundaries * local government areas * suburbs/localities, and * state boundaries. The ABS boundaries theme includes three layers—collector districts, statistical local areas and urban centre localities. The electoral... more »
This dataset would provide measures of shared community facilities. Such things as public open space, playing fields, bicycle paths, footpaths, sporting facilities, cultural facilities, shopping services, public schools, entertainment
I know this is a local government responsibility, but making development applications available would be awesome. City of Sydney already does a litmited version of this
But why can't Australians, wherever in the country they live, subscribe to development applications for their area straight into their inbox?
I manage a short term accommodation program in SA. The eligibility criteria ia basically a degree of genuine need. The question that I get asked a lot is "Are there any other places that offer a similar program?'. There are many respite centres that offer short term breaks to those who qualify under their particular set of criteria but very few centres that offer the same short break for those who may be under 65 or... more »