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Data Discovery Resources

Helping agencies discover their data

Guide to developing a data inventory

The ONDC has developed the Guide to developing a data inventory to support Australian Government agencies to discover the data they hold and maintain a data inventory.

The Guide details six steps for developing, enhancing or maintaining an agency data inventory. These steps have been tested and refined by working with agencies in the Data Inventories Pilot Program.

Many stakeholders were consulted in drafting this Guide and it is supplemented by others resources available on this page.

The ONDC's Guide to developing a data inventory is available for download below.

Guide to developing a data inventory
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Appendix C of the Guide showcases an example of a Data Inventory Template, which is available for download below.

Data Inventory Template
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Metadata Attributes Guide

Our standard methodology for data inventory development and enhancement involves implementing consistent metadata standards to describe data assets. A set of 26 metadata attributes was developed by the Data Champions Network in 2021, including 10 core attributes which are critical for data management and 16 additional attributes to further support the discovery and use of data assets. The ONDC Metadata Attributes Guide is a useful resource for agencies that are considering uplift of their data inventory.

The updated ONDC Metadata Attributes Guide is available for download below. This version provides clearer definitions and examples to guide agencies to populate the 26 metadata attributes.

Guide on Metadata Attributes
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Recordings from the Monthly Webinars

Each month, the ONDC hosts webinars for the Data Discovery program. Details of the upcoming session can be found on the Data Discovery page.

These sessions are recorded and uploaded to the Data Discovery Community of Practice for the purpose of knowledge sharing. You can access the recordings using the links below. Please note you will need to be signed in to the APS Data and Digital Professions site to access the recordings.

Month Agency Speaker and Topic
November 2023 Bureau of Meteorology Hester Viola - Data Inventories Pilot Program
Office for Women Telitha Schroedl - Gender Data Asset Register
October 2023 Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts Dean Curley - Data Inventories Pilot Program
Office of the National Data Commissioner Kylie Pandika - Overview and showcase of the Australian Government Data Catalogue
September 2023 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Luke Lau - Data Inventories Pilot Program
Attorney-General's Department Michael Amon - Data Inventories Pilot Program

 

Recordings of presentations earlier than September 2023 are available directly from the Community of Practice.

Join the Data Discovery Community of Practice

The Community is hosted on the APS Data and Digital Professions.

Page last updated: 12 September 2023