State Records NSW’s catalogue API
With over a million entries, http://search.records.nsw.gov.au is our largest dataset. The entire catalogue, as well as its search functionality, are accessible via calls to a Rails-style web API described here: http://search.records.nsw.gov.au/usage. The record series and items entities describe the holdings of the State Archives collection and are, in their own right, a fantastic historical resource. Those descriptions are linked to entities representing the agencies and people who made the records and the business functions and activities that informed their work. These contextual entities give a rich picture of government in New South Wales and its activities right back to the colonial period.
State Records NSW manages the OpenGov NSW website. This website is a repository for information published by NSW Government agencies, including Annual Reports and open access information released under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). The site currently contains over 2000 publications. Metadata for those publications, links to the PDFs, and their extracted full text contents are accessible via calls to a web API described here: https://www.opengov.nsw.gov.au/api.
Soldier settlement indexes
Specially released for the Govhack 2013 event, these indexes were created as part of State Records NSW’s Volunteer Program, and are finding aids for series of records that relate to New South Wales’s soldier settlement scheme for discharged soldiers who served in World War I. To get a picture of soldier settlement, check out the Wikipedia article: Soldier Settlement (Australia). The indexes have the names and locations of returning soldiers and would be a great resource for a Centenary of Anzac project. They are also very suited to geolocation and visualisation. The indexes are in a CSV format and are available on the Datasets page.