Open Data Hub proves a big hit

One year on the City of Darwin Open Data Hub has proved highly successful with 12,179 views for information on a range of data. 

The most popular open data item viewed is ‘Parking in the CBD’ with almost 6,800 visitors to the page over the past twelve months, followed by Council’s ‘Electoral Wards’ with almost 3,500 visitors and ‘Transportation’, which includes Roads, Paths and Carparks, at almost 2,500 visitors. 

On average, the Open Data Hub receives 33 views per day.

City of Darwin Chief Executive Officer, Scott Waters, says the purpose of open data is to allow information to be freely available for everyone to use without restrictions from copyright, patents or licensing.

Mr Waters said people access open data for a variety of reasons, some are just for personal information on things like where the public wi fi spots are and the public barbecue facilities, and others look at the open data for innovation to help develop new web and mobile applications, and digital technology solutions.

“The delivery of the Open Data Hub was a first for Government in the Northern Territory and it ensures that City of Darwin continues to lead the way with other councils and organisations across Australia and internationally.”

Mr Waters added that after its inaugural success last year the City is pleased to be supporting GovHack NT again in September.

GovHack is an annual competition attracting technology developers and innovators nation-wide. 

The event provides the opportunity for groups to use government data to explore and discover new ways to help create a better society and solve real world problems using technology.