Environmental data recognised at NSW State iAwards

A trifecta of awards was scooped by the NSW Government's innovative environmental data portal at the NSW State iAwards on Thursday 1 June.

Wetland, Centennial Park Sydney, benefited from an Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant – Heritage Stream - in 2014

Three coveted iAwards were taken home by SEED (Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data) Portal, an online portal which enables a variety of environmental data in NSW to be accessed by local communities, industry including planners and decision makers to help build a deeper understanding of their local environment.

The three awards won by SEED include the Infrastructure and Platform Innovation of the Year Cross-Technology Category, Public Sector and Government Markets, and a new NSW Government iAward for Public Sector and Government Innovation.

Office of Environment and Heritage Science Director Kate Wilson said SEED's triple win at the iAwards is testimony to the platforms user-friendly interface and its ability to provide open and transparent information for any user.

"I'm proud of the recognition that SEED has received in not just one, but three different categories of innovation at the iAwards. I'm excited about the potential of SEED to enable greater transparency and improved decision making on environmental matters," Dr Wilson said.

"What makes SEED so unique is that it was built through cross-government collaboration and co-designed with community and industry.

"Our partner, Informed Solutions, really pushed the bar in terms of technical development to ensure the platform delivers simple solutions to our users with flexibility to meet their different needs," said Dr Wilson.

The iAwards, Australia's prestigious technology awards, are hosted by the AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association). The awards recognise achievements and the positive impacts of ICT innovation across all facets of the Australian economy and the wider community.

SEED will now progress to the National iAwards, the winners of which will be announced in August.

Learn more about SEED (Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data) Portal.