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Open Data Projects
Projects I designed, coded & administered are below. All projects were discontinued mid 2016 as not enough funding could be found to sustain them. Links are to pages on archive.org
My very first programming/open data project, BudgetAus received national and international recognition and was part of the push to open the federal budget as open data for the first time in 2014-15.
GovSpend – My current Budget transparency project is an example of what can be done with open data for transparency. It is an example because it is not being updated with latest data and is a sample year 2015-16. Contains budget data, Commonwealth tenders & grants, SEIFA data, DHS welfare recipient data, ACNC charities data, ATO tax transparency data & political donations.
The Little Bird is founded by Rosie Williams. Rosie has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology (social conflict/social change/economic & social inequality/public policy). Rosie also has a range of programming skills and expertise in open data, particularly as it relates to financial and political transparency (PHP, MySQL, HTML).
The Little Bird aims to build relationships and share information between people with interest and expertise with the general public over a broad range of issues that contribute to an open and accountable society. The Little Bird covers all issues of interest to transparency and information activists including (but not limited to) freedom of information, media freedom, privacy, whistleblowing, anti-corruption, digital rights, transparency, accountability. Projects this network will focus on include articles and resources of assistance to whistleblowers.
More detail can be found in this post and at the donations page. Contributors can choose the copyright licence for their own articles by placing it at the foot of their article. A key player in #CensusFail, The Little Bird website has had approximately 20k page views since July 1 and built a significant network on Twitter. The #CensusFail campaign is the most significant privacy awareness campaign since the Australia Card issue in the late 1980’s.
I was included in a list of ’15 Amazing women making ideas happen around Australia’ and created Australia’s first Open Data MOOC. Developing this curriculum provided me with a good basis for understanding for where the current approach to government-public interface can be improved which I fed into Australia’s first National Action Plan for Open Government.
I was also successful in having the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare included in the agencies participating in the Open Government Partnership as well as participating in the release of several open data sets and campaigns to prevent the abolition of both the ACNC & OAIC and lobbying to have MP entitlements and pecuniary interests data published in a timely and machine readable fashion.
Prior to my projects in open data/programming as a single mother I raised and homeschooled my profoundly gifted son who began studying university courses online at 12, going on campus at 15 before beginning his full time programming career at 16. During this time we advocated for the right to radical acceleration to improve educational inclusion and ran a support group for families of exceptionally & profoundly gifted children. I was successful in lobbying to have homeschoolers included in social security regulation.
Crikey | The #CensusFail Submission | AOGPN Blog | IdeasHoist Interview | ABC Radio PM Interview | Power to Persuade| Egov Au | Open Knowledge Network | International Budget Partnership | Croakey Health Blog | Online Opinion |New Matilda| Independent Australia | No Fibs | The Conversation | Sun Herald
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