ALIA supports Australia's first Open Government National Action Plan

Friday, 9 December 2016, Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is specifically mentioned in the federal government report released yesterday as one of the organisations that will help deliver Australia's first Open Government National Action Plan[1].

ALIA made a submission to the year-long consultation process supporting Government’s aim to make it easier for the public to 'find, access and use government data and information' though greater use of centralised, easy to access portals for information central portals, digital platforms and other tools to improve discoverability and accessibility.

Sue McKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA, said: 'The Government's aim of making information and data more accessible aligns with the values of the library and information sector. We hope that we can further assist the Government with this important initiative. It was gratifying to see ALIA singled out in the report and we were pleased to see the National Library of Australia's Trove also highlighted as an example of a 'highly used and successful central portal[2].'

ALIA supports the Government's plans to:

  • upgrade Australia's public data infrastructure to meet the growing demand of data users;
  • provide a central hub to identify and apply for Australian Government grant opportunities
  • further help the National Archives of Australia continue their important work of digitising paper records and increasing the number of records available for public access.

Ms McKerracher said: 'In many ways, libraries and library and information professionals can make a valuable contribution to Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan and we welcome the opportunity to work with the relevant government Departments to support the various initiatives described in the report.'

About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au

Contact:  Heather Wellard, Communications Manager:  heather.wellard@alia.org.au | 02 6215 8225 |

0409 830 439

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[1] Australia's First Open Government National Action Plan 2016 - 18 p 42

[2] Australia's First Open Government National Action Plan 2016 - 18 p 40

 

Released
Friday 09 December 2016 11:15am