What information is currently shared?

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

  1. The Information Sharing Pattern Library holds descriptions of use cases that capture why people want to share information and either 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.

Information sharing pattern library (ISPL)

With valued support and contributions from agencies, the 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:

What are the next steps?

As the ISPL continues to grow, further analysis will be undertaken to derive insights and understandings of information sharing activities. Any further analysis and insights will be published here on the QGCIO website.

Get involved

We are actively looking for further use cases or patterns to include in the ISPL. If you have a use case that you'd like to share please contact the Information Strategy and Policy team on the contact details below. We look forward to hearing your information sharing story!

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.

Get involved

We are actively looking for further agreements to include in the register. If you have an agreement that you'd like to share please contact the Information Strategy and Policy team on the contact details below.

Further information

Information Strategy and Policy team
Email: transformation@qgcio.qld.gov.au.
Ph: 07 3215 3942


Last Reviewed: 07 November 2017