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Gov seeks public comment over big data work

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Urban infrastructure minister Darren Fletcher says there are big opportunities to use data to deliver better infrastructure services for Australians, opening a new draft plan for public comment late last week.

Fletcher said the Draft National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan is part of the Turnbull Government’s goal to have better data to guide decision making in infrastructure.

Opportunities discussed in the paper include collecting freight data for determining and addressing points of congestion, and using telecommunications data to better understand large scale patterns in the movement of people.

“he draft Data Plan identifies infrastructure data and information gaps, and highlights opportunities to use data better to monitor the performance of Australia’s infrastructure networks and make more informed investment decisions as a result,” the minister said.

The draft paper was developed by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), with infrastructure and transport experts from across the public sector, industry and academia, Fletcher said.

Feedback is welcome until November 1.

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