Frequently Asked Questions

How do I interpret the results?

The results represent an assessment of number of key datasets published by a local government authority.

What Data is assessed?

Datasets have been selected based on shared responsibilities across Australian local government authorities (assuming we can find that). If we can't agreed, we'll just choose common data (like garbage collection, cemeteries, etc.).

  1. Public amenities - description.
  2. Addresses - description.
  3. Trees - description.
  4. Garbage collection times and places - description.
  5. Bike paths and footpaths - description.
  6. Ward boundaries - description.
  7. Property boundaries - description.
  8. Public buildings - description.
  9. Building Outlines - description.
  10. Roads - description.
  11. Budgets
  12. Tenders

What questions are asked?

The nine assessment determine the openness of a dataset:

  1. Data exists
  2. It's digital
  3. It's publicly available
  4. It's free of charge
  5. It's online
  6. It's machine readable
  7. It's not available in bulk
  8. It's openly licensed
  9. It's up-to-date

Why is it called a City census?

Consistency with other countries and to recognise the great work that both city councils and regional shires are doing in the open data space.

What Cities can participate?

Any local government authority can request to join.

Who can submit an assessment?

Anyone can submit an assessment.

Who reviews submissions?

A team of expert reviewers has volunteered to review submissions.

How do I report errors?Want to add data for a location/council not listed? Any other questions?

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