Hacking into the National Archives

Media release: Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The National Archives is supporting the Gov Hack 2014 event and will provide two datasets for the brightest minds to mash, remix and re-use in creative ways at this weekend's Hackfest.

GovHack 2014, which runs from 11 to 13 July, is a national, non-profit event supported by government and private sponsors such as Microsoft and Google. It brings together passionate data specialists to create ways of improving access to government information.

'This is the third year we've been involved with GovHack,' said Zoe D'Arcy, Director of Business Systems and Online Services at the National Archives. 'The event gives us the opportunity of encouraging participants to experiment with our data, showing us imaginative ways to provide better public access to our archival collection.

'We've used ideas from earlier Gov Hack events that have made our collection of photographs more readily accessible and easier to search.'

This year the National Archives is a gold sponsor and will provide the competition with two datasets, released under Creative Commons licence 3.0. The first is the data from its Memory of a Nation exhibition touch table which includes digital images, captions, reference numbers and tags.

The second set is Commonwealth agency and function data that sets out more than a century of Machinery of Government changes, from January 1901 to the most recent changes in September 2013.

More information about GovHack is available at http://www.govhack.org/

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0427 853 664 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
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