Opening our world
Data is enriching the way we live. Better decisions, better services and better customer experiences are being achieved by responsibly sharing data. By releasing Open Data we can empower citizens and gain new insights that improve the way we live, work and solve problems.
Simply put it is information, numbers, facts, statistics that can be analysed or used for purposes like research, decision-making and planning.
Non-sensitive data does not require processing to be released
Where government data contains sensitive information it is subject to a cleaning process. Some options include:
To remove identifiers such as names, exact dates, ages or other unique characteristics.
To group any information such as postcodes, location data and times to preclude individual identification.
To anonymise potential links between data sets and preclude re-identification.
Benefits of Open Data
Open Data benefits everyone. We are already safely using Open Data to make our lives easier and better. When Open Data is made available it enables ANYONE to analyse, use and transform their world.
- Informing planning and decisions
- Redefining the marketplace
- Improving our health, transport and education
- Enriching our experiences