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Government ditches data exchange platform for API standards



The government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) says that after testing the idea of building a data exchange platform it is instead pushing for the use of APIs to develop “better government interactions and data sharing”.

The agency said that it had become clear that developing a new platform “wouldn’t deliver the benefits or scale to meet the needs of users now or in the future.”

The DTA has released a beta of a new api.gov.au site that includes a catalogue of government APIs, a search engine for data definitions and a playbook for agencies.

The government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) says that after testing the idea of building a data exchange platform it is instead pushing for the use of APIs to develop “better government interactions and data sharing”.

The agency said that it had become clear that developing a new platform “wouldn’t deliver the benefits or scale to meet the needs of users now or in the future.”

The DTA has released a beta of a new api.gov.au site that includes a catalogue of government APIs, a search engine for data definitions and a playbook for agencies.