Open Data and the Public Sector

On Thursday 16 July 2015, the Griffith University Friends of the Library hosted Open Data in the Public Sector.

Facilitated by Tim Cox, from 612 ABC Brisbane, a panel of special guests discussed the possibilities and potential of open data to improve process, productivity and performance in the public sector.


Tim Cox, Linda O’Brien, Anne Tiernan & Mike Stapleton

The panelists included:

  • Mike Stapleton, Deputy Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Anne Tiernan, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University
  • Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services, Griffith University

Linda O’Brien said open data is “making the knowledge of the world findable and curated so that it could be shared for future generations”. We need to know “how we can support learning, how we can support knowledge creation and peoples understanding of the world so we can create a better future”.

Anne Tiernan discussed the “promise and potential of open data to transform the delivery of public services and the service of good government” to “drive productivity and performance improvement in the delivery of public services and to catalyse innovation and the creation of knowledge intensive jobs and industries”.

Open Data and the Public Sector

Open Data and the Public Sector

Mike Stapleton gave a brief insight into how the Department of Transport and Main Roads uses their data to manage their services. “Transport is one of the areas of the economy where we continue to achieve significant productivity gains and one of the tools that we are using to do that at the moment is data”.

The audience then took the opportunity to target topics such as:

  • Ensuring open data is a free commodity, to reduce barriers to its use, and encourage the development of the open data economy.
  • The development of the future Data Economist – to increase the current lack of skill in understanding and using data appropriately. To teach data literacy and how to interpret and analyse data in a meaningful way. To understand and quantify economic value of the data.
  • Using open data to empower less fortunate members of society in the less fortunate regions of our state through participation and advancement.
  • Strategies to data liquidity.
  • The foundation of a culture surrounding the creation and provision of open data.

The discussions continued over drinks and canapés, and the opportunity for Friends of the Library members to chat with the panel speakers and the facilitator.

The evening was a great success, with the event triggering greater conversation and actions surrounding the potential of open data.

For more information of the Friends of the Library and how to become a member, visit

Tim Cox (612 ABC Brisbane)

Tim Cox (612 ABC Brisbane)

Friends of the Library cocktail reception

Friends of the Library cocktail reception

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