Qld follows NSW's lead on developing transport tracking apps

Queensland is now embarking on a similar project to NSW by inviting developers to compete in creating apps that use the state's open datasets to improve transport and other services.

Queensland is following NSW's lead with what it has already done with its app "hot houses" and government data.

On Monday, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced a new set of awards for those that could demonstrate interesting ways that Queensland government data could be used.

Newman claimed that it is the only state where all of its government departments have open data strategies that will govern how they make open data available and when.

Across the state boundary, however, Transport for NSW has seen some success in running a number of development days in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers to make use of bus and train tracking data.

Queensland is now seeking to do something similar with the awards.

"A particular focus of the awards will be the use of public transport data to enhance our existing public transport system," Newman said in a statement.

"We know there are Queenslanders with great imagination and talent who can help super-charge Queensland's economy by using this data to find new ways to deliver better services."

Award winners will be granted AU$5,000 in prize money.

The awards are not restricted to just public transport services. Other eligible applications include those that improve the delivery of social services, and those that can demonstrate an economic benefit for the state, according to state Assistant Minister to the Premier on e-Government Ray Stevens. There will be one additional "wildcard" award category for applications that use open data in a beneficial, but unexpected, manner.

"We will also work with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland to drive business participation in identifying how data can be used to create jobs throughout Queensland," Stevens said.