Thank you

Thank you from the team at Australia’s Regional Open Data Census.

Without people like you, the open data movement would not be where it is today. By contributing to the census, you’re helping encourage Australia’s state and territory governments publish open data to a high standard. This makes it easier for innovators, researchers and the community to create value through the use of open data.

Census Structure

The Census is a survey built around four axes:

  1. Place – e.g. an Australian state or territory.
  2. Dataset – e.g. budget, expenditure, contracts, etc.
  3. Time – a calendar year.
  4. Question – a specific question we ask about each dataset (e.g. “does it exist”, “is it machine readable”).

For each Place + Dataset + Time combination we ask for answers to the set of Questions.

The set of answers to the Questions for given Place + Dataset + Time combination is called a Submission.

When a Submission has been reviewed and deemed accurate it becomes an Entry in the Census.

Submission Workflow

Contributors:

  1. select the dataset and place combination they wish to assess (the time defaults to the current year).
  2. login using their Google or Facebook account.
  3. answer the questions to make a new or revised submission.

Editors then review the submission and approve, ask for clarification, or reject it.

Before you start answering questions

Remember:

Each question is answered with a Yes, No or Unsure. Most of the time a “Yes” or “No” answer should be easy to determine. Some answers may take some effort to find. If you can’t interpret the information provided by the publisher, you can ask for help.

The Questions

  1. Does the data exist?
  2. Is the data in digital form?
  3. Is the data publicly available?
  4. Is the data available for free?
  5. Is the data available online?
  6. Is the data machine-readable?
  7. Is it available in bulk?
  8. Is the data openly licensed?
  9. Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis?

1. Does the data exist?

If you've found the data, it exists, so answer “yes”.

If you answer “no”, you wont be asked anymore questions. It is very important that you're certain the data does not exist. Please indicate in the Comments section where you have looked for the data.

How do you know if the data exists?

2. Is the data in digital form?

Answer ‘yes’ if the data exists in any digital format, even if it can’t be accessed on the Internet. Data can be digital, but not accessible online.

Answer “no” if the data is not on the Internet, stored on computers, available on a DVD, CD, USB, Hard Disk or other electronic media.

How do you know if the data is in digital format?

3. Is the data publicly available?

Answer “yes” if the data is made available to the public in any format without restrictions.

If you answer “no”, you’ll notice some questions are hidden.

How do you know if the data is publicly available?

4. Is the data available for free?

Answer “yes” if the data is available without any cost.

Answer “no” if there is any cost involved in accessing the data. You’ll notice that the openly licensed question is hidden because being available at no cost is a key requirement of the Open Definition and open licensing.

5. Is the data available online?

Answer “yes” if the data is available on the Internet. You will be asked to provide the url that links to the data.

Answer “no” if the data is not available anywhere on the Internet.

How do you know if the data is available online?

6. Is the data machine-readable?

Choose “yes” if the data is in a format that can be easily processed by a computer.

Choose “no” if the file format can not be easily processed by a computer.

How do you know if the data is in a machine readable format?

The easiest way to answer this question is to look at the dataset’s file type.

7. Is it available in bulk?

Choose “yes” if the entire dataset can be downloaded at once.

Choose “no” if you can not access the database in its entirety.

How do you know if the data is available in bulk?

8. Is the data openly licensed?

Choose “yes” if the data is licensed in a way that conforms to the Open Definition or is in the public domain.

Choose “no” if the data is protected under a license that does not conform to the Open Definition.

How can you find the licensing information?

How do you know if the data is openly licensed?

9. Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis?

Choose “yes” if the data is relevant and complete for the year or time period that it claims to represent.

Choose “no” if the data is outdated or otherwise not representative of the stated or a reasonable time period.

How do you know if the data is timely and up to date?

Further Details and Comments

Please add detail to expand on and support your answers. Information on data availability is especially useful, such as:

Submit

By default, submissions to the census are credited to the submitter. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please indicate so by checking the box.

By pressing Submit you agree to the terms of use and to publish your contribution under the ODC Public Domain Dedication and Licence (PDDL).

After you press Submit, our Editors will review your submission before it is posted in the census. You can return to your submission by going to the Changes page. By clicking through to your submission you’ll go to a page where it’s possible to have a conversation with Editors and others using commenting facility at the bottom of the page

Still not sure?

If you’d like to practice making submissions to the census, try it out at, http://demo.census.okfn.org.

Still not sure? Ask a question on the forum.