National Open Space Working Group – Survey

October 25th, 2018 by xaviergoldie

Public open space matters to Australian communities. The benefits of providing quality open space include increased physical activity, improved mental health and well-being, improved quality of the environment and increased biodiversity and reductions in the urban heat island. With the population in urban areas growing rapidly the need for this data is continuing to escalate.

Unfortunately, currently available datasets are inconsistent in data capture, scale, granularity and completeness, leaving researchers and decision makers unable to do their work, needing a high-quality national open space dataset. To assist, a National Open Space Working Group (NOSWG) has been formed. The NOSWG consists of members from across research, practice and government who share the common goal of investigating what’s required to build an authoritative, nationally consistent, up to date, open space dataset. Through collaboration we aim to develop a consistent data model for the capture and communication of open spaces, working with experienced partners we can leverage new conceptual and linked data techniques to deliver meaningful, ongoing data.

The NSOWG group was formed following discussions at the Health Geography workshop preceding the Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Meeting 2017, led by Dr Lukar Thornton and Associate Prof Neil Coffee.

Do you use public open space or green space data?

We would love to hear about your opinions on existing datasets. The following short survey will ask you a series of questions that will help us understand your data needs, allowing us to recommend how a national open space dataset might be designed. It should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey and find out more information at our website: