What data should we be releasing?
Andrew Leigh, freakonomist, econometrician and indefatigable crusader for the power of data has sent us a short and sweet submission (rtf) by email. I was going to ask him to work it up into a guest post, but then I can just quote it here.
Government 2.0 Taskforce Emailed Submission
Author: Andrew Leigh
From the standpoint of researchers, one of the things that the Taskforce should strongly support is more data. A few examples are below.
• State and territory governments should release geocoded crime statistics of all crime reports. See for example this website created by the New York Times:
• FaHCSIA should release all data (including prices and quality ratings) from its annual Child Care Census.
• The Taskforce should encourage projects such as the digitisation of MP interest registers by http://www.openaustralia.org/.
I’d like to open this thread up as a kind of repository to which anyone can add to an inventory of data sets that should be made public. Andrew has mentioned data held by state government agencies. Of course our only clear jurisdiction is in the Federal arena but I think we should be prepared to both talk about and make suggestions/recommendations regarding data held by other agencies – it’s up to them whether they want to accept them. In that spirit I’ll reiterate something I’ve argued previously namely that we should publish (pdf) data on individual companies workers compensation premiums where this provides reasonable information about their past safety record.
So please feel free to use this thread as a record of all the data you, the community think does, should or might exist that we should be trying to get freed to enable us to lead slightly more informed, and so slightly better lives.