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Open Data Toolkit

ICT and Digital Government is leading the open data agenda and working with agencies to proactively publish open and accessible datasets via Data.SA

This data can be used by business, researchers and the broader community to generate a range of benefits.  Data is a key resource for government to inform change.

The Open Data Program aims to develop a culture that supports the release of government held data and encourages a commitment to open data principles, in line with the Premier's Declaration of Open Data.

What is Open Data

The South Australian Government is the custodian of a diverse range of data. Agencies create, collect, process, preserve, maintain and disseminate all sorts of data in the course of doing business eg historical documents, photos, reports, statistics, sensor data, etc.

Open data is when certain data is made freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

Open data that is released must be:

  • available online so that it can be easily shared and traced to the source
  • free where ever possible
  • published using agreed open standards
  • openly licensed for commercial and other re-use
  • reliable and well managed.

A dataset is a collection of related or similar data. A dataset may include information collected at the same time, through the same process or on the same variables.


The Open Data Toolkit provides a range of tools to assist agencies and local councils release open data. 

The Open Data Process Guide has been developed to assist agencies through all the steps required to identify data and ultimately publish and maintain.

The Open Data Process Guide is divided into 6 steps:

  1. Identify
  2. Classify
  3. Approach
  4. Approve
  5. Publish
  6. Maintain.

Agencies wanting to publish open data can email or visit the Toolkit section of Data.SA for more information.

Last updated: 30 October 2017