by Rebecca Merrett and share search metadata

Mar 04, 20152 mins
Big DataGovernment

The website has shared its metadata with, allowing users to search datasets from both sites using a shared search repository.

The team has created CKAN extension to the website, which will allow users to click on a ‘Results from other Australian Data Portals’ at the end of their search results. CKAN is an open source data management platform, which moved to in mid-2013.

The South Australian open government data website is the first to share metadata with, with more data portals to come on board in future. currently has 5,275 datasets, with bumping it up 5,763.

Below is an example of some search results from the website when searching data on Australian parks and reserves.

Last year, added 2, 503 datasets from Geoscience Australia, the largest amount of data the site had received at the time. The data was used by Department of Communications and NICTA to create a National Map to visualise terrain, infrastructure, water, vegetation, habitation, etc. It was featured in last year’s GovHack event.

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