SEED sprouts success at 2018 iTnews Benchmark Awards

The NSW Government's innovative environmental data portal SEED has scooped honours at the National iTnews Benchmark Awards in Melbourne, Tuesday 20 February.

Hawkesbury Nepean estuary downstream of Wisemans Ferry

OEH Executive Director Science, Dr Kate Wilson, said the SEED (Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data) Portal provides a central and trusted source of NSW environmental data.

"SEED's outstanding feature is that it pulls together information into one portal so users no longer have to search multiple government agency website and databases," Dr Wilson said.

"It is like a one-stop-shop containing all different types of data sets to help communities, planners and decision makers build a deeper understanding of their local environment.

"The win in the State and Local Government category is a testament to the portal's ability to provide relevant, open and transparent information for a wide range of users.

"I'm proud of the recognition that SEED has received and excited by its potential to enable greater transparency and improved decision making on environmental matters," Dr Wilson said.

SEED's success is due to cross-government collaboration between nine different agencies and co-design with over 50 interest groups from community, academia and industry.

Since its launch in December 2016, the SEED Portal has added hundreds of datasets with further data releases driving demand from online users.

"We've had over 90,000 data views by over 10,000 unique users across Australia and the globe," said Dr Wilson.

"This demonstrates the wide interest in NSW environmental data and the value and innovation it can unlock," Dr Wilson said.

For more information and to access SEED, go to: SEED Portal