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‘The Lab’, Digital Studio Arts West building, University of Melbourne

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This one-day workshop brings together policymakers, scholars and industry users of open data to discuss the opportunities and challenges open data presents for stakeholders, compare best practice and discuss the future of open and ‘big’ data in government policy. Invitees will be invited to participate in a day of catered roundtable discussions led by the MNSI-funded Open Data for City Planning & Policy research team.

‘Open data’ involves the publication of anonymised datasets on freely accessible online platforms for use by businesses, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers and everyday citizens. Open data policies are being embraced by local, national and state governments in Australia and internationally, with open data ‘portals’ and repositories like data.gov.au used to publish large volumes of data free to use and share under a creative commons licence.

Governments and advocates of open data argue that data is more socially and economically valuable when it is free and open, rather than behind a paywall. They contend that it increases government accountability and transparency; improves efficiency of public services and infrastructure; encourages citizen participation in planning and policymaking; and stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship through start-ups and app development. On the other hand, open data also raises concerns about privacy, ‘data linking’ and the growing reliance of governments and corporations on ‘big data’ algorithms for their strategic and decision-making processes.

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Date: Monday 25 Sep, 2017

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Venue: ‘The Lab’, Digital Studio Arts West building, The University of Melbourne Parkville campus.

Directions: Arts West building is located on the north-west part of campus, along Professor’s Walk. Once inside the building walk behind the central staircase to the student lounge and take the single elevator (NOT the two elevators side by side on the right of the entrance) to the 3rd floor. Make a right when exiting elevator then another right.

RSVP: by Wednesday 20 September 2017.

For any questions about the event please contact Dale Leorke: dale.leorke@unimelb.edu.au

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