What is Australia’s Regional Open Data Census?

The census is a crowd-sourced measure of the openness of key data published by Australia's states and territories. Openness is based on the answers provided to a number of questions. Anyone can submit an assessment and our expert editorial team reviews each submission.

Why do we need a census?

Through friendly competition, the open data census:

  • reports the state of open data across Australia.
  • encourages publishers of open data to improve how their data is published.
  • helps re-users of open data understand some challenges they may encounter.

Ultimately we want to create open knowledge, which is what open data becomes when it’s useful, usable and used.

Who created the census?

The census was launched on 21 Feb 2015 to celebrate International Open Data Day.

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