Principle 3 – Information is interoperable

By 2020 agencies will have interoperable information, systems and processes to improve information quality and enable information to be found, managed, shared and re-used easily and efficiently.

The Australian Government's digital transformation initiatives will make government services simpler, faster and easier to use. Interoperable information, systems and processes reduce unnecessary duplication and the impact of structural changes in government.

Principle 3 is focused on metadata and standards.

What success looks like

Digital continuity will be achieved if by 2020:

  • Agency information, systems and processes are interoperable and meet standards for short and long-term management
  • Australian Government processes incorporate information governance requirements and specifications to ensure that information remains findable, sharable and reusable

Case study – Opening government data with the NationalMap

The NationalMap is a public tool developed by National ICT Australia (NICTA) for the Department of Communications and Geoscience Australia. The design of NationalMap is focused on interoperability and open source code to utilise and add value to geospatial data. It requires consistent data formatting and compatibility with Australian and international data standards. The range of information available on NationalMap will continue to expand for as long as it is supported through data sharing.

Key targets and implementation pathways for agencies

31 December 2016

31 December 2017

  • Business systems containing high-value and long-term information assets meet minimum metadata standards.

31 December 2018

  • Business systems are evaluated against the Archives’ business systems assessment framework to meet functional requirements for information management.

31 December 2020

  • Information is managed based on format and metadata standards for information governance and interoperability.
  • Business systems meet functional requirements for information management.
  • Cross-agency and whole-of-government processes incorporate information governance requirements and specifications.

Policy implementation resources

The Archives will continue to issue supporting products, tools, strategies, standards and advice to assist agencies in the implementation of the policy.

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