Vic govt makes its spatial data available to public

Summary:Another set of spatial data has been added to the state's open government data repository.

The Victorian government has released a new set of spatial data as part of its DataVic Access policy, which makes government information freely available to the public.

Announcing the availability of the new dataset on www.data.vic.gov.au on Friday, state technology minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said he hopes it will allow others to use it to contribute to the economy.

"Providing open access to government data not only helps drive innovation and create new business opportunities, but it will also enable the development of new products and services," he said in a statement.

The new set of information represents over 400 datasets and contains information about the spatial data for the local electoral government area, urban growth, planning scheme boundaries, rail networks, relief contour data, and parks and conservation areas.

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The Melbourne rail network is just one of the datasets available. Image: <a href="http://www.data.vic.gov.au/raw_data/rail-network-vicmap-transport/691" target="_blank">The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries</a>, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/deed.en">CC BY 3.0</a>

The public data repository currently has a little over 900 datasets, placing the government on track to reach its goal of 1,000 datasets by September 2013.

Topics: Government : AU, Australia, Big Data, Government

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