Big data harnessed by CSIRO Data61

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

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The Queensland Government has established an agreement with CSIRO Data61 that will help industry with harnessing the power of big data.

This partnership with Data61 will allow government, industry and businesses to access CSIRO Data61’s expertise in turning complex data into knowledge and using these insights to help create new approaches to service delivery.

“Data can fuel new industries, businesses and importantly, help to create new jobs. The insights possible from big data can change the way we live, work and innovate,” said Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch.

As part of the agreement, Data61 will create a Functional Programming Open Lab in Queensland’s new Startup Precinct in Fortitude Valley.

“New jobs are being created in Queensland through this partnership, including 10 engineering positions for the Functional Programing Open Lab,” Enoch said.

“The Startup Precinct will also become the headquarters for Data61’s Foresight Unit, headed by Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, in an Australian first, to provide a dedicated foresighting capability for the Queensland Government, enabling the state to use analysis of long-term megatrends and data to inform policy decisions.”

Data61 is an anchor tenant in the The Precinct, part of the government’s $405 million whole-of-government Advance Queensland initiative.

“Queensland’s established digital research strength and its growing start-up community make it well positioned as a future leader in data-driven innovation,” said Data61 CEO Adrian Turner.

“This new partnership will ensure Queensland agencies, companies and communities directly benefit from the outstanding research capabilities within Data61, particularly our Insight Team’s groundbreaking work in identifying emerging technology trends, such as Blockchain.”

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