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NSW announces world first data initiative

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NSW announces world first data initiative

launch-admin Sep 17, 2015 0 1545

Sydney, August 4: The ACS has welcomed an announcement by NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation The Hon Victor Dominello MP that the state will launch a world first whole of government data analytics centre.


In an announcement at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Minister Dominello spoke of the wide range of services that would be facilitated by the analysis of NSW Government data.


ACS President Brenda Aynsley praised the initiative.


“The announcement demonstrates the importance of digital technologies in the future of service delivery. The holistic approach taken by the Minister by involving multiple stakeholders will lead to a better outcome overall, and as the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector we are looking forward to seeing the outcomes that this centre will deliver. “


“We have continually called on Government to deliver better data on the digital economy, and it is encouraging to see this call being heeded here in NSW. This is a wonderful example of how governments can capture the enormous benefits of open data and data analytics.” Ms Aynsley said.


The centre will be hosted at the UTS Data Arena, a world class facility developed to better visualise and comprehend the phenomenal amounts of data available to analysts and researchers today.


The Data Analytics Centre’s shape and strategy is set to be informed by a steering committee of stakeholders including Privacy Commissioner Dr Elizabeth Coombs, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Tydd, Customer Service Commissioner Mike Pratt and Chief Scientist & Engineer Prof. Mary O’Kane.


The UTS Data Arena is contained within the Faculty of Engineering and IT, who are a platinum sponsor of the 2015 Reimagination Thought Leaders Summit. For more information, visit http://reimagination.acs.org.au


Further information

Thomas Shanahan, Australian Computer Society, 0449 902 130



About the ACS

The ACS is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.