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Australians given access to more open data

Australians now have access to more location information with the Federal Government’s announcement of the release of two important PSMA Australia products under open data terms.

Landgate is a shareholder in PSMA Australia and General Manager Business Development Jodi Cant sits on its board of directors.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda on Monday 7 December 2015 which includes the measure to make PSMA’s Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF) and Administrative Boundaries products available as part of the Government’s commitment to open data and data-driven innovation.

G-NAF is a database of all the addresses in Australia. The database has been built from addresses supplied by ten contributors including Landgate.

The Administrative Boundaries product has data about Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), electoral, state and territory, local government, suburbs/localities and town boundaries.

Mr Turnbull said the release of the products will help to create a more innovative and entrepreneurial Australia.

Ms Cant said Landgate is pleased the products are being made available through open data terms.
“The ability of innovators to be creative with spatial information will always be limited unless they can find and access reliable sources of data,” Ms Cant said.

“That’s why Landgate is proud to be the agency responsible for the implementation of Western Australia’s Open Data Policy.

“Landgate data has been used during the development of the two PSMA Australia products.

“Making these products more widely available is expected to further fuel industry innovation.”

Read the Prime Minister’s statement about open data.

Visit WA’s open data website.