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What Does the APS 200 Locations Project Mean For You?

Australian Government Working Towards a Linked Spatial Data Infrastructure

Drivers at the Federal Government level

Lawrence Review Geoscience Australia Review

ANZLIC Spatial Marketplace Australian Government ICT Strategic Vision

APS 200 Location Project Regional Australia

Spatial Accounting

APS 200 Location Project Report

The APS 200 Location Project Team recommends a range of measures to
address the policy, governance and technical issues within a whole-ofgovernment framework.

The Strategic Review of Geoscience Australia complements the outcomes of the APS 200 Location Project recommending:

that the APS 200 Location project consider the case for designating a central policy centre or office to provide direction at a whole-of-government level for the creation, purchase and management of spatial data across departments and agencies; the office should absorb the functions of OSDM.

APS 200 Location Project Report

As a result of these recommendations the Office of Spatial Policy (OSP) was established and is located within the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism in July 2010.
OSP will develop a whole-of-Australian Government location information framework. The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism will provide the policy lead (consistent with the Cabinet decision resulting from the Review of Geoscience Australia) and develop a detailed implementation plan (including formal governance arrangements) supported by key stakeholder agencies for Secretaries consideration by February 2012.

APS 200 Location Project Report

Location information principles
Principle One Good governance National leadership and coordination is essential for the development of an integrated location information environment which can better assist government to undertake its business Fundamental datasets that are critical should be geocoded, linking information to location Established roles in data stewardship and custodianship will realise greater integrity and confidence in the administration and delivery of authoritative location information Government is committed to the implementation of transparency reforms and sharing principles Consistent guidelines on location information standards and interoperability frameworks will optimise access, reduce costs, remove duplication, and improve data quality An open data licensing culture for location information can realise innovation, productivity, and investment gains in areas not traditionally considered Government will increase its knowledge, capacity and capability in acquiring, managing and delivering location information

Principle Two Principle Three Principle Four Principle Five Principle Six Principle Seven

Fundamental location data Stewardship & custodial responsibilities Location information access & sharing Standards & interoperability

Licensing & investment

Government capacity & capability

APS 200 Location Project

APS 200 Steering Committee

Secretary DRET Office of Spatial Policy Spatial Data Management Group

Working Groups Working Groups Working Groups Working Groups


Geoscience Australia

Working Groups


Location information principles

ANZLIC Council and the SDMG have specified twelve datasets as fundamental:

Geodetic Cadastre Address

Imagery Administration Boundarys Hydrography / Bathymetry Hydrology Built

Names Elevation


Location information principles

OSP and ANZLIC are undertaking a stakeholder review of the existing Guidelines for Custodianship with a view to adopting best practice.

Location information principles

OSP is currently developing open source solutions for access and sharing of data as a proof of concept for the Australian Government.

GeoNetwork xMET harvesting metadata from other repositories including Geoportal

Location information principles

The policies developed by OSP will recommend the use of appropriate national and international standards.
To this end OSP will continue to represent the Australian Government on Australian and international standards committees.

International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) Standards Australia Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Location information principles
AusGOAL, the Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework, provides support and guidance to government and related sectors to facilitate open access to publicly funded information. OSP has been tasked to investigate a Whole of Government licence for G-NAF and the tools required to support the use of this dataset.

Location information principles

OSP will develop a roadmap that will:

Identify where agencies have gaps in their understanding of spatial Work with the champions to test and develop implementations of the policy Develop a migration path to assist less spatially literate agencies to advance their understanding Where appropriate provide an alternate means for publishing agency data

ANZLIC the Spatial Information Council

Partner in developing the specifications for the twelve framework datasets ICSM and working groups

Spatial Market Place demonstrator

Continued support of the current Spatial Standards

Policy implementation
GA will partner with OSP to: lead the development of the specification for the twelve framework data themes take responsibility for development and maintenance of a subset of those data themes Work with OSP, ANZLIC and PSMA, as appropriate, to deliver those data themes

Business Architecture


Need to avoid spatial stovepipes Linked open data

25 billion triples (data items)

Strategy and Policy Governance & Coordination Standards and Interoperability Business Architecture Data and Information Management Communication


Helen Owens
General Manager, Office of Spatial Policy