SLIPStream May 2017

New SLIP products

1. LandInfo WA package

A new LandInfo WA package is now available and the map URL is https://maps.slip.wa.gov.au/landgate/landinfowa/.

The LandInfo WA map has been built to replace the existing LGA and Land Development packages. The new features of this service are:

  • new query layer searches (please note that you can only use the tenure search function if you have a subscription to this service)
  • topographic layers and Aboriginal heritage places
  • amalgamation of the LGA and Land Development package
  • ability to switch the coordinate system (bottom left corner of map) to view alternate projections – 4283, 3857 & 28350,
  • mosaic metadata layer has now been split into ‘current’ and ‘superseded’.

A decommission date for the LGA and Land Development packages will be provided once all users have been transferred to the new service.

For more information about the layers that make up the LandInfo WA map, please visit the Data WA showcase page.

If you already have access to the LGA or Land Development package, you will receive a separate email to notify you when access to the new LandInfo WA package has been granted.

WA’s open data service – data.wa.gov.au - has been updated with new groups that include information on which data layers are included in new SLIP services. For further information, including additional URLs for data services included in this package such as the Esri map service, WMS and WFS, please visit the Data WA showcase page.

For any other enquiries regarding this new SLIP service, please contact salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au or phone +61 (0)8 9273 7683.

2. Tenure

New tenure services are also now available and data.wa.gov.au has been updated:

Esri Map Service
https://services.slip.wa.gov.au/arcgis/rest/services/Landgate_Subscription_Services/Tenure/MapServer

OCG WMS
https://services.slip.wa.gov.au/arcgis/services/Landgate_Subscription_Services/Tenure/MapServer/WMSServer?

OCG WFS
https://services.slip.wa.gov.au/arcgis/rest/services/Landgate_Subscription_Services/Tenure_WFS/MapServer/WFSServer?

Esri Feature Service
https://services.slip.wa.gov.au/arcgis/rest/services/Landgate_Subscription_Services/Tenure_WFS/FeatureServer

If the land tenure layer is included in your Landgate Subscription license, you will find this layer has been added to your view of the LandInfo WA map service. The URL is https://services.slip.wa.gov.au/arcgis/rest/services/Landgate_Subscription_Services/Tenure/MapServer.

With the new service now available, please be advised that the following superseded services will be decommissioned on 1 June 2017.

Landgate tenure subscription plus web services

Landgate restricted web services and data downloads

If you have any questions about the new products, please contact salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au and write SLIP product in the subject line.

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New team for SLIP enquiries

A new team has been established to act as the first point of contact for all SLIP-related enquiries from customers.

The Business Sales and Service (BSS) team – part of Landgate’s Customer Service team – have been specifically trained to handle SLIP questions and will forward more difficult enquiries to the relevant people in Landgate to action.

Please direct your SLIP questions to:

Business Sales and Service team
salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au

+61 (0)8 9273 7683 (direct line)
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (AWST)

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The SLIP website is moving

From Monday 3 July 2017, the SLIP website will redirect you to data.wa.gov.au to access data from the WA state government, including Landgate.

If you are a SLIP subscriber, information and access to Landgate’s subscription services will be available at https://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/SLIP.

Consolidating information about SLIP under one home for open data at data.wa.gov.au means one less website for you to have to keep an eye on.

If you have any questions about this change, please email salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au or phone +61 (0)8 9273 7683.

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Data highlights

A short-cut to new datasets in data.wa.gov.au

Did you know that you can view datasets that have been recently created and uploaded to data.wa.gov.au Visit http://catalogue.beta.data.wa.gov.au/stats (note this will take some time to load) and click on the relevant tab from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen:

Openly available Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF) – tell us what you think!

The Spatial Data Policy, Public Data Branch of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is seeking feedback on the openly available Geocoded National Address File (the G-NAF) and ask that you please complete a short survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/G-NAF-End-User-Survey.

The survey is being undertaken to build a more in-depth understanding of the innovation, efficiencies and productivity achieved through access to the open G-NAF.

Your feedback is important for informing the future directions of the open G-NAF initiative.

Feel free to forward this email on to other government, private, community or research sector entities as feedback from a wide range of entities is welcomed.

This survey is published and managed by the Public Data Branch of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. All information provided will be treated as confidential and will only be used as aggregated data to inform policy decisions unless you specifically agree for your organisation’s use of open G-NAF to be used as a case study.

Responses to this survey are due by 31 May 2017.

If you have any queries regarding the survey, please email spatial@pmc.gov.au.

Background on the openly available G-NAF

  • On 26 February 2016, the Australian Government made PSMA’s Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF) openly available via data.gov.au with updates published quarterly.
  • The G-NAF is one of Australia’s most ubiquitous and powerful spatial data sets and is now available free of charge. The G-NAF contains more than 13 million records for each physical address in Australia. Making the G-NAF openly available has removed licence barriers and enabled greater use of the data and opportunities for innovation.
  • The G-NAF can be used for a wide range of business or operational purposes, such as infrastructure planning, business planning and analysis, logistics and service planning, emergency and disaster response, personal navigation and mapping, fraud prevention, address validation at the point of entry for business and government, and effective government service delivery and policy development.
  • In its first year of open release, the G-NAF was downloaded more than 2,700 times. By comparison it was only downloaded around 120 times a year when it was available under restricted licence as a proprietary PSMA product.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the survey, your feedback is appreciated.

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Upcoming changes to SLIP

Landgate is continuing to implement major upgrades to the new SLIP platform to improve its usability and functionality. All SLIP users will be migrated across to this new service in coming months, allowing the SLIP Classic platform to be decommissioned by the end of the year.

We are preparing to launch new imagery services this month, so look out for more details on this soon.

Below is a preview of what to expect for the rest of 2017:

Please note these timeframes are estimates only. We will share further details with you as they become available via SLIPStream, the SLIP website and the @Landgate Twitter account. We will also be providing advice and assistance to use the new services through SLIPStream and data.wa.gov.au as new services are rolled-out.

If you would like further information, please contact salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au or phone +61 (0)8 9273 7683.

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GovHack WA

GovHack is on again from 29 – 31 July 2017 at FLUX.

GovHack is about creating great things using government data. It’s where programmers, designers, entrepreneurs and open data enthusiasts come together to develop innovative solutions to business and community challenges.

The event aims to help build Australia’s technical and creative capacity, connect the community with government, and build on the social and economic value of open data published by the public sector.

Landgate is the lead agency for implementing the state’s Open Data Policy and we are keen to help our colleagues across the public sector share more data through www.data.wa.gov.au.

If you are from government and are interested in publishing data for this year’s GovHack event, please let us know by emailing opendata@landgate.wa.gov.au.

Everyone is welcome to attend GovHack. If you are interested in attending this year, registration hasn’t opened yet, but please follow Twitter and Facebook to stay in the loop.

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Basemap update

Landgate is developing a new WA basemap service for SLIP in consultation with other agencies. Access to this shared basemap will significantly reduce the time and effort invested by many organisations in creating and maintaining their own versions of basemaps.

The scheduling of the work package is now complete and technical development should be completed around August 2017.

For more information on the Landgate basemap, please contact salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au and write Landgate basemap in the subject line.

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SLIP FAQs

This month we address a question related to data access.

When previewing some data resources in data.wa.gov.au I get prompted for a user name and password. How do I access data that is not freely available to the public?

Access to some datasets in Data WA may be secured. For example, the datasets may be part of subscription services that involves a charge to access the data or be restricted to select pre-approved users only. Note, all data downloads require a registered SLIP account for the purposes of reporting usage for custodians.

If you have access to a Landgate subscription service enter your SLIP credentials (email address and password) when prompted to view or download the resource.  

For more information about accessing subscription services, please contact Landgate's Business Sales and Service Team, salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au or +61 (0)8 9273 7683 (direct line) Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (AWST).

How will I know if data is not freely available?

Author and maintainer contact details are included under Additional Info in data.wa.gov.au. If you wish to access a data resource and you do not have permission, you can contact the data author to discuss access approvals. It may be necessary for you to put forward a business case for the data.

Are you building, or planning to build a new application that uses government data? SPUR can help you. SPUR supports the development and growth of innovative location based solutions. http://spur.wa.gov.au/developers-and-startups/data. Email spur@landgate.wa.gov.au.

WA’s Open Data policy

The Western Australian state government collects and uses a vast array of data in the course of its everyday operations. This data is an important strategic asset and when managed well is a source of significant value to the state.

The purpose of the Western Australian Whole of Government Open Data policy is to improve management and use of the public sector’s data assets in order to deliver value and benefits for all Western Australians. This includes greater release of appropriate and high value data to the public in ways that are easily discoverable and usable.

Across Australia and the world, the approach to open data varies to some extent.

For the purpose of this policy, data is considered ‘open’ when it is:

  • released and available for the general public (not for exclusive use)
  • easily discoverable
  • in formats that are modifiable, non-proprietary and machine-readable
  • licensed to enable reuse and redistribution
  • available at no cost to users.

The policy recognises the above situation for ‘open’ data is not always possible or appropriate.

For example, there may be instances where more restrictive licenses are used and/or a charge is applied. Read the full Open Data policy.

If you have a question that you’d like answered, please contact salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au and write SLIP services FAQ in the subject line.

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A change to SLIP information sessions

To make better use of your time, we will be running future SLIP information sessions to coincide with launches of new products.

We’ll give you a heads-up about the new series through SLIPStream. Dates and times will be published in the SLIP event calendar.

If you have any questions about the changes to the SLIP information sessions and webinars, please email walis@walis.wa.gov.au.

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Event calendar

Here are some upcoming GIS and spatial data events that may interest you:

If you have any questions about these events or have an event that you would like to promote, please email the details to walis@walis.wa.gov.au.

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Signing up to SLIP services

There is no need to register to access our range of free and public SLIP services at slip.landgate.wa.gov.au/Pages/Public-Maps.html.

An even wider range of information is packaged for you through our subscription services at slip.landgate.wa.gov.au/Pages/Subscription-Maps.html.

To register for these services, and for a clearer picture of the opportunities SLIP presents for your business, please contact salesandservice@landgate.wa.gov.au or phone +61 (0)8 9273 7683.

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This page was last updated on: 29 May 2017