As part of Big Data Week 2016 the Open Data Team at Landgate are beginning a series of workshops designed to educate, promote, and accelerate open government data sharing in Western Australia.

Help the WA community do more with the data government generates every day, and start the journey of sharing your data and knowledge with the WA community in a new way through

Workshop Outline

Throughout this workshop we'll be utilising material from the UK's Open Data Institute, the world's leading independent, non-profit open data training and development organisation.


5 minutes

Welcome to the workshop and introductions.

What is open data?

5 minutes

In this module we’ll explore:

  • What is open data?
  • What is data?
  • What makes data open?
  • Why do we need open data?

Open module

Choosing the right format for open data

15 minutes

In this module we'll explore:

  • Why formats matter to open data
  • Choosing the correct structure
  • Accessing different open data formats
  • Keeping it simple with CSV

Open module

How to clean your data

15 minutes

In this module we'll explore:

  • Common data errors
  • Useful data cleaning tools
  • Reasons for cleaning data

Open module

Publishing your data on

15 minutes

In this module we'll get our hands dirty and publish a new dataset to

If you've brought data of your own to publish, go ahead and follow the prompts in Preparing the data and Publishing the data.

If you'd instead like to work with our example dataset, then we'll be using the State Library's Western Australia Public Library Network dataset.

Preparing the data

Before you publish a dataset there are a few key things to think about to ensure you're safely publishing a high quality, machine-readable, and useful dataset in a way that people will confidently be able to re-use it.

In working through this checklist you may find it handy to refer to our quick visual Checklist for identifying and preparing data for release (PDF).


  1. Is the data in an open format?
  2. Is the data clean?
  3. Is the data safe to release?
  4. Is the data openly licensed?
  5. Is the data well described?
  6. Is publishing the data sustainable?

Publishing the data

  1. Login to using the credentials provided for the workshop.
  2. Step through our Publishing Data on Guide.
  3. Fill out all of the relevant fields on the Create dataset screen.
  4. Upload your data on the Add data screen and click Save & add another.
  5. Add a link to the State Library's Guide to Public Libraries.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Publish!

Congratulations, you've just published your first dataset!

Questions and open discussion

10 minutes

We've kept some time free at the end to allow time for questions and open discussion around any topics the group might like to talk about in more detail.

Bonus Section: How could our example dataset be improved?

If time allows we'll run through a short thought exercise focussing on how we could improve our example dataset.


Learning open data is a series of online training courses created by the Open Data Institute licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

No changes were made to the material used in this workshop.

Taking it further

Our Next Workshop

We're looking to run workshops like these approximately once a month, or as there is demand. There are 10 other modules in the course, and several areas where we're looking to add new modules (e.g. An in-depth workshop on cleaning data, How to work out what data people want, et cetera).

If you would like to take part in a future workshop, or have ideas for a new module, please let your presenters know or contact the Open Data Team.