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  • GovHack 2017

    Data.Vic Team28 July 2017

    This weekend about a thousand people all over the country will spend their weekend at GovHack. They will come together to push the boundaries of the intersection between government, technology, and the civic imagination. They do this so that we can imagine alternative ways to tackle social, political and economic problems.

    Civic ‘hack’ events are predicated on the assumption that those who are impacted by government decisions have the right to participate in the activity of governments and influence these decisions. To encourage this we strive to share resources in increasingly meaningful ways and to foster a culture where all participants dictate the terms around which they contribute.

    Hack events are places of learning. People who participate do so for a number of reasons, many of these have something to do with personal and professional development and they then carry these skills into their day jobs and into areas beyond the ‘event’ itself.

    If we think about what an event like GovHack means we should acknowledge the commitment and dedication of those who host, participate, volunteer and sponsor. For all of us it’s the long term impacts that will make the most difference.

    By considering to extent to which we’re trying to make technology civic or make civics technological or both at the same time, we might be able to challenge the conventions of hack events themselves and assign priority to activity over outcome, function over prototype and demonstrable outcomes over novelty factor.

    So Gov Hacker’s, we offer you the following provocations:

    Do we start with data or stories? What happens when we bring together our social conscience and design sensibilities? Who is the end and ultimate user of the things we pitch? What is the true utility of the thing we pitch?

  • Budget Hack 2017 - Reimagining the Budget

    Data.Vic30 June 2017

    Civic hack events are a means fostering public and industry engagement with a common goal of improving the way things work in government. At hack events participants are doing things quickly, learning new skills, transferring knowledge and doing good for society. Participating in Hack events can give people an outlet for skills that they might not get to use in their everyday life or they can contribute to self-development, networking and making friends.

    In thinking about our second Budget Hack we began with the question: How can the community make a balanced assessment of the state budget and how it effects them? As part of this effort we partnered with Code for Australia, and the Melbourne chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation to create a forum for community involvement in making sense of and communicating the budget and its impacts.

    We tried to explore how different people from different points of view set the agenda for discussions on what the budget means and how governments could foster greater dialogue and knowledge sharing. By inviting the community into the process of telling the ongoing stories about what’s being spent and how that’s happening we create the opportunity to bring together work with members of the community with a range of concerns, skills, and experiences.

    The Challenges we Issued

    The budget is traditionally viewed as a standalone thing. One way we feel that interfacing that data with different sources that can be used in conjunction with other data sources (e.g. ABS, AURIN, Hansard, the National Film and Sound Archive) to imagine new problems, issues and implications of budget decisions and express these ideas in ways that make sense to ordinary Victorians.

    We issued challenges around four themes: simplification and visualisation; equity, equality and gender; infrastructure, housing, urban and regional issues;, and rethinking data in terms of its form, the stories it tells, and the ways in which budget data can be combined with other sources. Participants were encouraged to think about the types of stories that data could tell and how we might use our social conscience in ways that can bring together financial data, technology, information design and story-telling for the benefit of the community.

    The Winners

    iTreasurer - aimed to change the way the government and Victorians interact around the budget. Through an interactive interface, it educates Victorians about the current budget, and allows them to participate in the next one by nominating which areas they would like spending to be prioritised.

    Project Smash - helps First Home Owners understand the impact of the 2017/18 budget measures on their lives and provides them with relevant data visuals to guide people seeking to explore the factors surrounding the issue owning your first home.

  • GovHack 2016- better understanding the factors that will reduce family violence

    27 July 2016

    This is a challenge for GovHack 2016. Entry details on  Hackerspace from 7.00pm Friday 29  July 2016  

    The Challenge

    How might we use the information from the Family Violence Royal Commission submissions to better understand the factors that will reduce family violence?

    Family violence is the most pervasive form of violence of violence perpetrated against women in Victoria. The causes of family violence are complex.  Preventing and responding to family violence is a shared responsibility across the community

    The Royal Commisison into Family Violence delievered its report to the Victorian Government in March 2016. The report contains over 200 recommendations.

    The Royal Commission received a wider range of submissions from a diverse range of people  including from individuals, service providers, local MPs.

    These submissions along with other inputs were used by the Royal Commission to form their recommendations. DPC is interested in seeing this information utilised in the wider discussions around prevention of family violence.

    The objective of this challenge to is to find ways of expanding the reach of these submissions and helping to gain better understanding of factors that will reduce family violenc

    What are we attempting to achieve?

    The purpose of this challenge is to discover mechanisms to utilise  the information that was provided in the submissions to the Royal Commission and make it more accessible for use in the reduction of family violence
    There are over 1000 submissions, it is recommended that teams undertaking this challenge pick a small number of submissions and think about models for using the information.

    Featured data

    Submissions to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

    Crime Statistics Agency Data Tables - Family incidents

    Links to related  information
    The Victorian Government’s response

    Challenge owner

    Department of Premier and Cabinet

  • GovHack 2016- Journey Planning

    27 July 2016

    This is a challenge for GovHack 2016. Entry details on  Hackerspace from 7.00pm Friday 29  July 2016

    The challenge

    How do I discover travel options that suit my needs (choice before travelling)

    Victoria is growing at a rapid pace and is currently undertaking many significant infrastructure projects to improve the flow of traffic and Public transport.  Access, timeliness, effectiveness and ease of use of transportation options are important to quality of life.

    VicRoads and PTV are committed to improving travel conditions for Victorians and providing safe and reliable journeys, this includes enabling travel choice that integrate all modes and options.

    Teams should consider:

    Factors will impact selected travel choice (knowing what could influence my plans whilst travelling) Choice of mode (train, tram, bus, bicycle, motor vehicle) Choice of route ( eg: scenic routes, environmentally friendly route, less crash-prone route, fastest route etc) Costs associated with travel Integrated travel mode (e.g car and train)Shared transport  (e.g car pooling, uber etc)

    What are we attempting to achieve?

    Create a seamlessly coordination of travel information, that will empower travellers to have greater choice, and an increase in reliability and predictability of journeys across multiple modes of travel.

    Feature Data


    PTV timetable API

    Train Station bike storage

    Tram Stops

    Train Stations

    Vic Map Bike path

    Crashes last five years

    Heavy vehicle

    Speed zones

    Bridge structures on freeways arterial roads

    Principal Bicycle Network

    Strategic Cycling Corridor

    Traffic Signals

    Traffic Volume for Freeways and Arterial Roads

    Challenge owner

    This is a joint challenge from PTV and VicRoads

    Public Transport Victoria (PTV) aims to improve public transport in Victoria by ensuring better coordination between modes, facilitating expansions to the network, auditing public transport assets, promoting public transport as an alternative to the car.   VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing services. VicRoads aims to help provide Victorians with safe and easy connections to the people and places that matter most to them.

  • GovHack 2016- Victoria’s national parks

    27 July 2016

    This is a challenge for GovHack 2016. Entry details on  Hackerspace from 7.00pm Friday 29  July 2016

    The Challenge

    How might we improve discovery of Victoria’s national parks, what they have to offer and enhance  the experiences of visitors?

    Victoira has 45 national parks, 26 state parks,13 marine national parks,11 marine sanctuaries,3 wilderness parks,30 metropolitan parks,60 other parks (including regional and reservoir parkmore than 2,700 natural features and conservation reserves
    more than 11,000 formally registered Aboriginal cultural heritage places, more than 2,500 non-Indigenous historic places   Victoria’s parks offer a wide range of potential experiences; walking, exercise, camping, mountain bike riding, climbing and the list goes on. But how do people find these experiences. How do people find the park that suits them?

    What are we attempting to achieve?

    We want to find  wa to encourage people to get outdoors and experience Victoria’s amazing parks system and  to promote Victoria’s parks and get people out into them. What are the barriers that are preventing people visiting a National Park and how can we remove them?  

    Feature Data

    Parks Victoria Campgrounds and Huts - Wilsons Promontory

    Victorian SubTidal Reef Monitoring Program

    Parks Victoria Campground and Huts


    Emergency Management Victoria Fire Danger Ratings Real Time Data

    Emergency Management Victoria Fire Ban Real Time Data

    Emergency Management Victoria Victorian Emergency Real Time Data

    Challenge owner

    Parks Victoria.