Open data

Open Data

State Library of Queensland supports open access to information and ideas as a key enabler for a strong, well-informed and innovative society. In October 2012, the Queensland Government announced an “open data revolution” aiming to release as much public sector information as possible to encourage the development of innovative services and solutions for Queenslanders.

The Hague Declaration

State Library has become one of almost 250 organisations across the world to sign the Hague Declaration which calls for immediate changes to intellectual property law and the removal of other barriers preventing widened and more equal access to data.

The Hague Declaration aims to foster agreement about how to best enable access to facts, data and ideas for knowledge discovery in the Digital Age. By removing barriers to accessing and analysing the wealth of data produced by society, answers can be found to great challenges such as climate change, depleting natural resources and globalisation.

Signing the declaration underscores State Library’s long term support of open access to information, knowledge and ideas, and our commitment to making our data widely available for use and re-use by all.

State Library's strategy to release data and champion open access to information and ideas as a key enabler for a strong, well-informed and innovative society.


SLQ has released a number of datasets as part of our open data strategy. They are in easy to use formats and licensed under Creative Commons, which means anyone can use them for apps, mashups, and other services, so long as SLQ is attributed as the source of the data.

SLQ's data has been used in innovative ways by developers, creative artists and researchers. SLQ is also using open data to improve our services.

Open data hack events invite small teams of competitors to produce any kind of "hack" using nominated open data sets in an event with a set time period.  Common "hack" formats are web or mobile applications, or visualisations. Usually the events require all source code to be deposited in an open source repository and open-licensed.