Sharing data

Data sharing is where NSW government agencies provide authorised access to the data they hold in a controlled manner, to help deliver better outcomes to the people of NSW.

This page outlines the supports and approaches for data sharing in NSW government.

Data sharing principles

The data sharing guide provides an overview for data owners and the community, of the key principles of NSW government data sharing.

A critical support for government data sharing is public trust in how government agencies use and share the data they collect. This guide emphasises NSW government’s strong and consistent focus on individual’s privacy and data security in data sharing.

Data sharing checklist for data owners

When wanting to share data, the data sharing checklist helps agency data owners to know what needs to be considered when looking to share data. 

Clearly outlining the key requirements and considerations for data sharing can help agencies streamline and increase their data sharing activities.

Data sharing checklist for data requestors

When wanting to access data, the data sharing checklist helps agency data requestors know what needs to considered when looking to share data.

Clearly outlining the key requirements and considerations that data requestors need to address and agree to can help create trusted data sharing arrangements and help NSW government to increase its data sharing activities.

Making data safe for sharing and release

Data released to the public or shared within government must not identify an individual or small groups of people, must not contain sensitive information, or include data that could trigger, create or contribute to a threat, issue, breach or vulnerability. 

To help agencies determine if their data contains sensitivities, this guide provides advice on:

  • Identifying whether safeguarding methods are required to support sharing and release.
  • Selecting appropriate de-identification or de-sensitisation methods.

Ready to share data

For agencies that are ready to share data, this guide gives advice on how to publish data as open data, or how to upload and share data to trusted government partners. 

Making data available for sharing and release

This advice gives an overview of the key considerations for making data available via APIs, or in other machine readable formats.

Releasing data via APIs can make open data release seamless and can provide real time data for users to use in products and services. This guide gives an overview of the process of creating APIs, and key considerations for making data available via APIs or other machine readable formats.

Design and manage data for sharing and release

Good data that’s available for sharing and release needs to be well designed. Based on the Digital Design Standard, this guide takes you through how to design good data that’s able to be shared and released.

By taking a holistic approach and creating with purpose, respecting privacy and security, designing with users for users, engaging with customers about data, reusing and repurposing, and continuously improving, agencies can design and manage data for sharing and release.

Data sharing agreements and licenses

This guide outlines all the licenses that can be used for making government data open and available to the community and industry. It also highlights options that are being explored for shared data licensing for government data sharing.

Whether your data is open to the public or restricted to specific government data sharing, you need to outline the rules that govern the use of your data. Data sharing agreements and licenses allow you to outline these rules.

Requesting access to data

If you are an agency to who wants to access another agency's data, this guide contains advice on how to request access to another agency's data. 

Responding to agency data requests

If you receive a data sharing request from another agency, this guide provides advice on how to respond and make your data available.

 

Last updated: 19 June 2019