Smart City Program

Open Data

Location

Ipswich wide

Project Status

Implementation

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Scope of work

A Smart City must be an open City, inviting new forms of collaboration and innovative ideas.

Open data, data anyone can access, use and share is a core element of our Smart City. To support our initiatives, we have established an open data approach to providing benefits to the public and Council.

Ipswich City Council approved open data can be downloaded under open licence at: http://www.data.gov.au/organization/City-of-ipswich. There are more than 60 sets of data, including the location of traffic signals within the City and an online collection of aerial photography.

Not all data held by Council can be made available as open data. Some data sets may contain personal information, information that is commercially sensitive or information which is owned by a third party.

In addition, Council may have access to data sets owned by third parties which have been licensed to them. These data sets can only be shared in accordance with the conditions of the licence they’ve been made available to the Council under. We are developing dashboards that will be used as visualisation tools to make the vast quantities of data intelligible and provide more efficient data-driven solutions across the public and private sectors.

Benefits to Business


  • Innovation using Ipswich City data will be encouraged, resulting in new business models and services.

  • Bottom up solutions can be developed promoting shared rather than siloed solutions in Council governance decision.

  • Ipswich will set a benchmark among local Councils around Australia in how it makes its data available and reusable.

Benefits to Community


  • Opportunities will open for local schools, entrepreneurs and policy makers to innovate using Ipswich City data.

  • The initiative will create an open and collaborative culture within the Council.

  • Open Data breaks down silos and will enable better information sharing, ultimately allowing Council to deliver better and more efficient services for the people of Ipswich.

Shaping a Smart Vision

Contribute to the development of our Smart City initiatives and take advantage of Ipswich’s growing potential.