Who's sharing information and how?

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What information is currently being shared across government? The QGCIO has been asking this question across the sector and we have developed two resources to help you discover what's being shared.

  1. The Information Sharing Pattern Library holds descriptions of use cases that capture why people want to share information as well as the barriers that are inhibiting sharing or the enablers that support effective sharing; and
  2. The Information Sharing Agreement Register provides a catalogue of existing sharing agreements.

1. Information Sharing Pattern Library (ISPL)

With valued support and contributions from agencies, the Information Sharing Pattern Library (ISPL) is capturing information sharing case studies and architectural patterns to promote visibility and reuse of information sharing activities across the sector. The ISPL will also assist in identifying recurring characteristics that can be leveraged and reused to solve common information management and sharing problems - both across Queensland Government and with other jurisdictions.

As it continues to develop and maturity of information sharing increases across the sector, the ISPL will be the single point of reference for all information sharing activities in Government. The ISPL will include commonly used patterns to introduce consistency and reduce the effort involved in sharing information.

Why does it exist?

The ISPL's primary purpose is to collect and establish an empirical body of evidence of current information sharing activities. This current state evidence body then informs the information management and sharing agenda by:

  • Qualitative identification of enablers and barriers to information sharing activities
  • Developing a knowledge-base of key learnings and architectural patterns for reuse in future information sharing initiatives
  • Providing visibility to all stakeholders on how Government is sharing and using its information assets.

So what does the preliminary analysis indicate?

Preliminary analysis on the small but valuable quantity of data collected so far has identified a number of barriers to information sharing activities across Government. The three primary barriers as indicated by the data are:

  • Legislation
  • Privacy and
  • Compliance Requirements

The complete list of barriers and their frequency of occurrence is shown in the visualisation below:

2. Information Sharing Agreements Register

We've established the register of existing information sharing agreements to increase the visibility of sharing activities enabled by formal agreements. The register is an 'active' document (meaning it is continually updated and added to) and has the following key objectives:

  • to increase awareness that information sharing is happening across and within multiple service delivery domains
  • negate the need to negotiate new agreements by promoting the reuse of existing agreements
  • over time move towards more standardised approach to establishing and managing data sharing agreements across the sector (in conjunction with the Information Sharing Authorising Framework)

The Information sharing agreements register can be accessed by Queensland Government employees only.


Last Reviewed: 18 June 2018