Australian Libraries Open Data and History

Australian Libraries Open Data

Our Australian partner – Peclet Technology – has published an interesting article last week: Libraries Open Data and Australian history #2: convicts transportation.

This piece focuses on the opening of data by public libraries in Australia. The movement is under way as demonstrated by Open Data initiatives conducted by the State Library of Queensland and State Library of New South Wales.

These organisations are holding a tremendous amount of data that can be shared. Discoverability of data, facilitated by tools such as self service data visualisation will be a key factor for these initiatives to ensure data equity (i.e. data access for all), broad community adoption, and ultimately transformation of raw data into information and/or knowledge by end users.

For instance, the State Library of Queensland has opened a dataset about British Convict transportation registers. The dataset contains details for convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries from 1787 to 1867. Over 70% out of the estimated 160,000 convicts transported to Australia are recorded in this dataset.

Total convicts transportation per year

To read the full article and start playing with filtering and keyword search functionalities, please visit Peclet Technology website.


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