The power of government data on show: GovHack winners announced

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More than 25 GovHack winners and 300 projects have showed how government data can be used in creative and useful ways for public benefit. Commonwealth and state ministers are eager to see benefits flow back into the public service too.

Open data will play a central role in the transformation of government services, says Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Addressing the GovHack 2015 red carpet awards via video, Turnbull reiterated the Commonwealth’s commitment to opening more data sets for public use.

“The most important part of GovHack is that its not just about a couple of days of fun — and a lot of coffee — it’s about the value and power of making government data public, and how real lasting commercial products of social value can be pulled together in prototype form in a short amount of time.

“We believe data collected by or for the public sector is a public good and we know making it open makes even greater benefits for the public.”

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