The Friends of the Library event, Extracting strategic advantage from public data sources held on 9 March 2016 was an engaging evening, which explored the challenges and opportunities public data sources present.
The expert panel featured David Ainscough (Acting Director, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Qld Government), John Galvin (Enterprise Information Architect, City of Gold Coast) and Kim Walters (IP and Digital Lawyer, W3IP Law Pty Ltd).
The experienced panel members explored a range of open data subjects, including the role of partnerships; legal implications of open data; how data usage increases value; quality versus quantity; and the tools being adopted to improve open data use for the future.
The speakers used a range of examples to show how public data sources continue to be used in meaningful ways. David Ainscough described the importance of open data in the creation of the MyTranslink App, which is used by thousands of Queenslanders each day.
The value of partnerships was also a theme of the night - the event itself was collaboration between the IT Forum Gold Coast and Griffith University. The panel explained why creating partnerships is important for increasing data value and producing better outcomes. John Galvin reinforced this saying, “The real value comes from combining data sets”.
As we navigate an information environment that is continually changing, we were encouraged to remember, quality over quantity is key. John Galvin suggested we focus on high value quality data rather than large numbers of datasets. By doing this the true value of open data can be harnessed.
Our panel members introduced a variety of thought-provoking ideas, but together they shared a similar view for the future of open data and its strategic advantages – it is bright.
As Kim Walters said, “Openness stimulates creativity and innovation: building a more prosperous, equitable and just society.”