Guest Post: The Benefits of data.gov.au

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Allan Barger
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This post was submitted by Alex Aitkin, Assistant Manager, Research Commercialisation Section in the Science and Commercialisation Policy Division of the Department of Industry and Sciences.


Research Commercialisation Section, within the Department of Industry and Science, has benefited from using data.gov.au in a number of ways

1. Science, Research and Innovation (SRI) Budget Tables

In 2014-15, and for the first time, the Department of Industry and Science placed online the complete collection of Science, Research and Innovation Budget Tables (from 1979-80 to 2014-15).

These editions were placed online using data.gov.au in order to ensure that they were as broadly available as possible and (in particular) available to an audience that is specifically seeking government datasets.

Service improved: A broader range of stakeholders are now able to use the SRI Budget Tables as a consequence of their availability through data.gov.au.

2. R&D expenditure forward estimates

The 2015-16 PBS Line Items Dataset, made available on data.gov.au, provides Research Commercialisation Section with forward estimates information for a wide range of R&D-related programmes. The dataset enables a detailed understanding of forward R&D expenditures across the Australian Government. In the absence of the PBS Line Items dataset an equivalent understanding would be prohibitively difficult to develop.

Time saved: 16 working hours per annum (estimated)

Service improved: The ability to easily gain access to the PBS data in spreadsheet format has allowed work to be undertaken which would be prohibitively difficult to undertake otherwise.

3.Pathways to research impact

Research Commercialisation Section seeks to develop an improved understanding of the broad range of pathways through which knowledge is transferred between the research sector and industry. Data.gov.au provides a number of datasets whose data can be used to support this purpose, including:

Time saved: 16 working hours per annum (estimated)

Service improved: The ability to easily gain access to these datasets has allowed work to be undertaken which would be prohibitively difficult to undertake otherwise.

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Last updated: 12 October 2015