Government Datasets or APIs

National Classification Database

The classification database at www.classification.gov.au is one dataset I've been trying to get my hands on in a sustainable way for quite some time.

Since relaunching the website as an ASP.NET website, scraping the data has become a very difficult task, with every link being a submit button and requiring to POST a significant amount of data just to get access to a single record, it's a very time consuming task.

Doing a freedom of information request for the dump itself is a very time consuming task which I have also previously undertaken, and the Attorney General's Department has no interest in having to continually fulfil these requests just to stay up to date.

It would be most excellent to have a proper live API, making accessing the data much more convenient, and making studying classification in Australia a lot more accessible.

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Idea No. 59