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Office of Economic & Statistical Research (Qld Treasury) - Redevelopment of the Queensland Register of Strategic Information



400th CEED Project – Redevelopment of the Queensland Register of Strategic Information - Office of Economic & Statistical Research, Queensland Treasury (Information Technology – Honours student)

The redevelopment of the Queensland Government Register of Strategic Information managed by the Office of Economic and Statistical Research is the 400th CEED project.

The OESR is a portfolio office of Queensland Treasury and is responsible for economic and statistical research on behalf of the Queensland Government. OESR provides a range of expert services covering economic, social and demographic statistics, research and modelling to support the Government's planning, resource allocation and policy development activities.

In 2004, OESR offered CEED an opportunity for a student with specialist IT skills to assist with the redevelopment of the Register of Strategic Information (the Register). The Register is a whole-of-Government metadata repository for government information in Queensland. The redeveloped register will improve access, sharing and distribution of strategic information among data custodians in support of community and business outcomes for Queensland.

Son Nguyen (B. Information Technology – Honours student, University of Queensland) was appointed via CEED to assist OESR with this project. The purpose of the project is to redevelop the existing Register into a more comprehensive web-based register for Queensland Government:

· Enabling improved discovery of a wider range of government information in Queensland with direct access to data held or created by the Queensland Government.

· Merging three existing metadata directories – the Register of Strategic Information, the Survey and Market Research Register and the Queensland Node of the Australian Spatial Data Directory – into a single register.

· Streamlining metadata entry tools into a single tool that complies with current Australian Standards.

· Improving the basic and advanced searching functionality of the register.

· Ensuring that information records and data can be discovered through a range of web services.

· Providing facilities to connect with other national directories.

Through the redevelopment project, Son will work specifically on:

· Creating updated Oracle tables and XML (extensible mark-up language) schemas for maintaining records according to agreed metadata standards. This will provide flexibility for small changes in these standards, variation to access levels and the capacity to link directly from metadata records to actual data.

· Ensuring the redeveloped register conforms to Open Geospatial specifications.

· Allowing records and actual data to be discovered and accessed by a range of web services.

· Extracting XML from the register and present it in appropriate formats depending on the directory the information is sourced from.

· Migrating metadata records from the three existing directories, as well as records from the Met Onsite tool, to the new register.

· Producing technical system documentation.

The redevelopment project will contribute to the success of Information Queensland – a major initiative to provide fast and easy online access to Queensland Government information about the physical, environmental, economic, and social characteristics of the state.

Son is working with a small highly–skilled project team of technical staff from OESR. The project is overseen by the Queensland Government Statistician, Acting Deputy Government Statistician, and a project advisor from Information Queensland.

The OESR Project Leader, Jenny Bopp, recently commented that she is delighted with Son’s progress in undertaking background reading, finalising his project plan, reviewing existing XML schemas and learning to use new software. “Son is required to work as a key member of this important project and he is already demonstrating his ability to communicate with technical and non-technical people, to undertake research and to develop technical solutions,” she said.

Son’s project will be completed by end of June 2005 and will equip him with valuable skills to take into the workforce.

For more information on this project, please contact OESR on (07) 3224 5326.

Photo – Back L to R: Liyan Hu, Jenny Bopp. Front: Dr Gary Ward, Son Nguyen and David Ennis (Absent: Gerard McNally and Tim Barker)

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