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The AIHW and GovHack

The AIHW’s mission to provide authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing is one that aligns well with the goals of www.govhack.org.

GovHack is an event that draws together people from government, industry, academia and the general public to mashup, reuse, and remix government data. GovHack is about finding new ways to do great things with data. It encourages open government and open data.

GovHack 2014

In June 2014 the AIHW supported GovHack by making available a variety of health and welfare data sets by linking to data on the AIHW website and on data.gov.au (data.gov.au/organization/aihw).

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare supported both the Best Social Inclusion Hack category, which was about social inclusion and using government data to help the more vulnerable members of our society through information, services or identifying trends or areas of need, and the Best Data Journalism Hack category, which was about using government data for data journalism to explain, investigate or make more understandable the often complex array of information in government.

Many talented data-hackers used the opportunity presented through GovHack to find new ways of looking at data, and in doing so helped further the AIHW’s aim of promoting better health and wellbeing through statistics.

GovHack 2014 Showthegap.org.au page thumbnails PNG

The team that took out the prize for the best use of AIHW datasets won first place in the Best Social Inclusion Hack category and second place in the Best Data Journalism Hack Category. Their Show the Gap website highlighted, in a very personal way, the story of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and created something very special.