Author: Government recordkeeping

On the 24th October, Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) hosted a short event, showcased two well respected speakers, Mr. Neale Hooper and Ms. Pia Waugh.

Mr. Neale Hooper is an intellectual property and ICT lawyer who worked for over 20 years in the Queensland Government's Crown Law Office (in the Department of Justice and Attorney General), providing specialist legal services in these areas.  Since 2005, Neale has been part of the Creative Commons Australia team, working on licence revisions and implementation and open data/open government policy development.  Neale was the principal lawyer for the Queensland Government’s Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) Project, leading the legal work on the project from its inception in 2005. In 2010-2011 Neale was engaged as the Principal Project Implementation Manager for GILF in the Office of the Queensland Chief Information Officer, working on the implementation of CC licensing across all Queensland Government Departments.  He has consulted widely on CC licensing with Government agencies in Australia and overseas and is recognised internationally as an expert on CC licences.

In his presentation, Neale talked about how Creative Commons licensing is being used in Australia, particularly in the government sector, and provided an overview of recent developments (including the version 4.0 international licence suite).

Neale's slides can be accessed at 
For more information, the Creative Commons Australia page on Slideshare is located at
Ms. Pia Waugh is currently working as a Director of Coordination and Gov 2.0 for the Australian Government CTO looking at whole of government technology, services and procurement. This is in the Department of Finance, itself a central agency focused on whole of government operations.  Prior to that she worked in the ACT Government as an Open Government Policy Advisor and on the data ACT open data platform, the first of it’s kind in Australia.  

In her presentation, Pia discussed what is happening in open data throughout Australia and how it will help government agencies in all spheres of government to do our work more efficiently and effectively. She outlined the improvements and roadmap, and how that fits in the broader landscape of opening up government public sector information.

Pia's slides can be accessed at  
A copy of the mind map is located at
Pia's blog on her NZ Open Data and Digital Government Adventure -

Pia's blog on OKFestival 2012: Open Data, Open Gov & Open Science in Helsinki -

Overall reception received was excellent.  The presentations opened up further dialogue and interest among colleagues, particularly on the use of creative commons and open data and how that benefit government operations.