Victorian Technology Minister, Gordon Rich-Phillips.
The government of Victoria has released over 400 sets of spatial data that identifies geographic locations of features and boundaries as part of its 50-point ICT strategy action plan announced in February this year.
Describing the spatial data as high value, Victorian Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips said the first stage of of the release featured local government, electoral, urban growth and planning scheme boundaries.
Rail network and relief contour data, as well as parks and conservation areas also form part of the first stage, which will be available in raw format as well.
The data will be available at the data.vic.gov.au web site and the Victorian Government has committed to ensuring it is high quality, up to date and relevant to denizens of the state.
Other Australian states such as New South Wales
have already released spatial data on the internet.
Spatial data is increasingly seen as valuable information that provides social and economic benefits to societies.
A 2008 report [PDF
] by economic analysts ACIL Tasman put the value of spatial information in the farming, fishing, property, mining and government sectors at between 0.6 per cent to 1.2 per cent of Australia's total gross domestic product (GDP).
The Office of Spatial Policy or OSP
is responsible for facilitating and coordinating data management across Australia's government agencies.
The OSP works with the Australia and New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC), a joint initiative between the two countries and the state and territory governments, to coordinate collection and transfer of land-related information and promote its use in decision making.
ANZLIC was set up in 1984 with Queensland and ACT joining as observers and members in 1989. New Zealand has been represented on the committee and its advisory committee since 1987 and became a full member in 1991.