Submission in response to the Productivity Commission Data Availability and Use issues paper

Creator
Australian Library and Information Association
Description

We welcome this opportunity to respond to the Productivity Commission Data Availability and Use Issues Paper. Library and information professionals work with data every day: we capture data; we help store data and make it accessible; we help make data discoverable; we help others find the data they need; we contribute to data policy discussions.
 
While we are aware of the potential risks to individuals’ privacy, mitigation strategies exist and we are also aware of the benefits of releasing data into the world. On a grand scale, the work of library and information professionals in making data more accessible and discoverable supports a stronger evidence-based approach to policy development in government and greater innovation through humanities and science research initiatives. At a less macro level, making data available through libraries can support small businesses and entrepreneurs with new product development and it can help individuals with their own projects. Family historians, for examples, are dedicated users of digitised newspapers and local history collections.
 
ALIA's response to the Productivity Commission Data Availability and Use Issues Paper (April 2016) includes eight recommendations.

Publisher
Deakin, ACT : Australian Library and Information Association
Date
2016
Type
Format
Language
en
Rights