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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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In preparation for the upcoming release of the Australian Government Data Catalogue in June 2024, the Data Inventory Template has been provided to make it easier for Data Custodians to upload their metadata records on to the Catalogue. The most recent update on 10 May 2024 included the following changes: removing additional columns, rows and spaces to prevent upload errors, and providing an additional example of what a metadata record can look like.

The updated template is available for download below.

Data Inventory Template for AGDC
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Guide on Metadata Attributes

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 Guide on Metadata Attributes 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.

MonthAgencySpeaker and Topic
November 2023Bureau of MeteorologyHester Viola - Data Inventories Pilot Program
Office for WomenTelitha Schroedl - Gender Data Asset Register
October 2023Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the ArtsDean Curley - Data Inventories Pilot Program
Office of the National Data CommissionerKylie Pandika - Overview and showcase of the Australian Government Data Catalogue
September 2023Australian Institute of Health and WelfareLuke Lau - Data Inventories Pilot Program
Attorney-General's DepartmentMichael 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