FIND is the Australian Government spatial data catalogue and with data.gov.au provides access to a network of government data. Through FIND you can search a wide range of Australian Government spatial datasets, many of which are available for free download. FIND replaces the Australian Spatial Data Directory (ASDD, launched in 1998) and is a key source of spatial information in Australia. A key objective of FIND is to improve access to and availability of nationally consistent spatial datasets, as part of the Australian Government’s declaration of Open Government. This website queries Nodes from Australian States and Territories, research organisations and the Australian Government. The technology being used for FIND is based on GeoNetwork which is an open source platform used internationally. The standards underlying FIND were developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium.
To participate in the FIND, an organisation needs to meet certain criteria. These are summarised in the following diagram:
FIND is developed and maintained by Geoscience Australia (www.ga.gov.au) on behalf of Data Policy, Department of Communications (email@example.com) and ANZLIC - the Spatial Information Council (www.anzlic.gov.au).