Open data nets awards for South Australia, National Library

South Australia won the state of origin hacking challenge, while the National Library was praised for its open data projects in awards announced yesterday.

One year after an open data declaration, the South Australian government has taken out the top prize for best government participation in the GovHack 2014 awards, while the National Library of Australia took out the highest vote for government data.

The red carpet awards in Brisbane on Sunday also saw recognition for the many “clever and creative” public servants participating in GovHack’s 48-hour public data hack-a-thon in July this year. Public servants participated in 26 teams this year.

Canberra-based team Make Hack Void, took out the top prize for best public servant team for their “collaborative, multi-disciplinary, innovative and outcomes focused approach by public servants”. Make Hack Void developed the project ACTifacts, a showcase of the ACT’s public art, designed to be presented on large digital displays around Canberra.

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