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  • South Australia plans to implement GDA2020

    The South Australian Government is planning to implement GDA2020 as the operational datum for South Australia.

    Australia’s location-based datasets currently align to the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94).  GDA94 is a system that allows locations on the earth’s surface to be identified through reference points and coordinates.  The datum is based on Australia’s tectonic plates which are moving 7cm per year in a north-easterly direction.  To ensure satellite positioning and smart device technology is accurate, Australia will be moving to the new official national datum GDA2020. 

    Whilst SA Government GDA2020 implementation plans are still in development, it is expected that some datasets will be GDA2020 enabled by the end of 2018.  More information will be made available as we complete testing of our systems and databases.

    The change not only affects the spatial sector, such as surveyors, but applies to all users of location-based data.  Industries that use location-based data may need to transition their own systems and processes to support GDA2020 data. 

    To learn more about GDA2020 visit the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) website.

  • Crime Statistics at Suburb Level

    If you have ever wondered how many break-ins happened in your suburb last month, you can now find out with just one click.

    SAPOL have released an online crime mapping tool and 5 years of suburb based crime data.

    See our Apps and Ideas for more information

  • GovHack State Director appointed

    The State Director for GovHack in SA for 2017 is Hasan Tanvir Anjum.

    Hasan is a local entrepreneur and the Founder / Managing Director of A&H Digital Solutions, an Adelaide-based technology start-up. He is a qualified software engineer with 16 years of IT industry experience. He has worked with SA Government and the United Nations.

    Hasan loves working on programs and projects that genuinely create “value” and improve the lives of fellow human beings. He competed in GovHack 2016 and won the GovHack Spirit Prize at the Adelaide Venue.

    Hasan will be leading the State Operations team for South Australia. Contact Hasan for advice about competition sponsorship and hosting events in 2017.

    The SA Government Ambassador for GovHack 2017 is Alex Keay, who works in the Office for Customer, ICT and Digital Transformation. Alex held the role of GovHack State Manager in 2016 and was co-lead of the inaugural D3 Digital Challenges pilot. Alex is keen to promote the value of open data in South Australia, and encourage government to partner with established and aspiring local entrepreneurs to solve real world problems.

    Contact Alex to learn more about GovHack in SA Government sponsorship opportunities and how your agency can take part in the 2017 competition by linking open data to

    Learn more about this year’s competition at GovHack in SA and signing up to our e-news.

  • Top Ten Most Burgled Areas

    SBS Hindi have used the Attorney General's Department, Crime Mapper 2009-2013 data to compile the Top 10 home burglary hotspots in each major city of Australia. Visit Apps & Ideas for the full story.

  • Over 300 new Datasets for Unleashed

    A big thank you to all the agencies and local councils for the amazing work undertaken to release new datasets and update existing ones.

    300 new datasets were released in time for the Unleashed competition weekend.  Data.SA welcomed 3 new organisations and 13 new publishers.

    Some of the new datasets that can be found on Data.SA include:  Real Time Traffic Delays, Traffic Speed,  Roadworks and Incidents Real Time Information, Disaster Impact Statistics Pinery Bushfires, Road Safety Awareness, Bridge Structures, Current Driver’s Licenses and SA Ambulance Service.

    Explore datasets by group or by organisation.

  • Over 735 datasets!

    Some of the new datasets include: Road crashes, shipwrecks, dog registrations, public housing, heritage, volunteers, ICT government investment and workforce data, SA digital landscape, SA strategic plan targets, Playford WW1 service records, Red Cross Information Bureau and more...

    New Organisations to Data.SA include the Department of Treasury, History SA, Tafe SA, City of Playford and Onkaparinga Council.

  • Gold Stars for Open Access

    Gold Stars for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for releasing a complete open access information package, for air quality data in South Australia.  The EPA has released:

    • A user friendly Adelaide Air Quality Performance Dashboard with published PDF reports on their website, which are creative commons licensed for reuse. 
    • An Hourly Air Quality Index RSS feed.  This feed was then used in a winning Unleashed concept that Helps The World Visualize Air Quality created by Mitch and Trent, a youth team from Mount Gambier.
    • A location based open dataset providing Air Quality Monitoring sites, which enables easier map display and correlation between the annual statistical datasets of each site.

    View the EPA's datasets.

  • SA Police Reduce Costs Through Proactive Open Data

    Freedom of information access comes at a cost. In 2011-12 financial year the estimated costs of administering the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (SA) was reported to be $10.4 million (The Hon I.K.Hunter- Hansard 16/10/14). Records indicate 85% of Freedom of Information requests are released in full or partially released.

    In 2014 SA Police released Expiation Notice System Data as open data on Data.SA.

    Freedom of Information requests are received for expiation data from Members of Parliament and the media.  In 2014 it became clear that the volume of requests were rising.  These requests were often received at different times, requiring variations of the same data and significant time and resources expended to process individual requests.

    The landscape has moved since the data was published.  In the first six months of 2014/2015, 31% of expiation data requests have been diverted directly to the Data.SA website. 

    Moreover, recent evidence indicates major media users now understand datasets and are willing to manage data extraction themselves, and it is hoped there will be further reduction in applications moving forward. 

    This will create a more informed community, as already demonstrated by several independent evidence based news articles, using government data to demonstrate Road Safety action by our police service.

    Benefits to the  Government of South Australia has be realised through a reduction in FOI requests, particularly as  data is being refreshed quarterly and requestors can be directed to the published data.

    We look forward to seeing the proactive release of FOI data from other agencies in the future.

    Read a related story on how open data is being used:  'Why Police booked cyclists 22,000 times in the last four years'.