Before you start
Before publishing your data asset on the Open Data Directory, you will need to make sure it is appropriate for sharing with the public and choose the right publishing method for your organisation’s needs.
Creating your account and receiving training
The VPS Data Directory is a secure, internal Victorian Government system. Access is for VPS employees only. To view, edit and administer content on the VPS Data Directory you need to apply for access. VPS organisations should also consider their internal data custodianship model as a way to allocate roles to individuals within their organisation.
Once your internal team has identified who will be publishing on the Open Data Directory, the relevant Data Administrator can create new accounts for them. For a guide on how to create new accounts as a Data Administrator, check the Data Administrator procedure manual.
Once you have an account connected to your @vic.gov.au email address, you may view data records on the VPS Data Directory.
Creating your content in the Data Directory
The VPS Data Directory is set up to support VPS departments and agencies to take control of their published data assets. It is a self-service environment, but support is available from the Data Victoria team.
To add and edit your description of your data asset (the metadata record), you will need Editor Access to the Data Directory. To add, edit and publish content, you will need Administrator Access.
If you don’t have the correct level of access, speak to your Data Administrator to have your access level changed.
Managing your data assets
Ensure that your internal data custodianship model mirrors the model you are using in the Victorian Government Data Directory
The VPS Data Directory allows departments and agencies to create their own internal data catalogues. Access to individual records can be restricted. Permissions allow you control over who can see the data record of your data asset.
It is very important to think through how you organise your data records in the VPS Data Directory. The starting point for organising your agency’s space on the VPS Data Directory is your internal data custodianship model. .
Manage your content appropriately
For departments and agencies managing their own environment within the Data Directory environment, each data record is owned by an organisation. Each organisation has its own workflow and authorisations, allowing it to manage its own publishing process.
To ensure the currency of data on DataVic, departments and agencies must be diligent in managing their published data. This includes timely responses to the creation of new records, adding dataset updates to current records and the retirement of content when appropriate.
Automated harvesting of your existing internal data register
The ideal model of data supply from a department or agency to DataVic is by direct harvest from one data suitable platform to the other. This allows for all the governance structures and approval processes to be contained within the relevant agencies' own data management environment and not duplicated in the Data Directory. It has the added benefit of maintaining the integrity of the source metadata information.
If a department or agency has a well-structured and managed asset register or data catalogue, there may be an opportunity to establish direct links between these platforms and DataVic.
Contact the DataVic operations team to discuss the discovery phase and next steps.
The discovery process
To ensure that any proposed integration meets all department and agency risk assessment and information management procedures, a discovery process is required.
The discovery phase works to ensure that only relevant data records are harvested to DataVic with appropriate classifications. This phase provides a robust harvest model covering appropriate publishing, editing and deletions and adherence to the WoVG minimum metadata schema guidelines.
If you have an existing data harvesting arrangement with DataVic
Changes to your supply, harvest or platform configurations
Once a platform integration has been approved and created, regular meetings will be scheduled with the DataVic operations team to discuss the performance of the data harvest, treatment of user feedback and any planned system upgrades that may affect data supply in the future.
Participating departments and agencies will be required to nominate someone to act as a data supply engagement contact.
Changes to the metadata schema used by your organisation
Where the internal data management requirements differ from the minimum metadata standards, you should . This ensures consistent listing and publishing of your data asset is possible through the VPS Data Directory onto DataVic.
Identifying key contacts in your organisation
Users of government data often have questions about data assets that interest them. Data Victoria needs open data publishers to provide a technical contact with their organisation who can assist consumers from time to time.
Public feedback provides invaluable insights into how open data users are working with your agency’s data assets. It is a window into our citizens’ worlds and may support the collection of more useful data for external users.
Sometimes, open data users will make comments about a published data asset. You must nominate a person or team within your organisation to receive and respond to this public feedback.
Data administrators and custodians
For those departments and agencies managing their own environment within the Data Directory environment, each data record is owned by an organisation. Each organisation has its own workflow and authorisations, allowing it to manage its own publishing process
The Data Directory uses permissions-based roles to manage the content within the publishing workflow process.
The two roles within an organisation are:
- Data Administrator (ADMIN) – full rights to create, edit, retire and publish Data Records, and create and administer user accounts within an Organisation
- Data Custodian (EDITOR) – rights to create, edit and update metadata records.
Reviewed 05 May 2021