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  • GovHack 2016- Wilsons Promontory

    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 create a more interactive experience for visitors to Wilsons Promontory

    We would like to enhance the experience of park users at Wilsons Promontory and create opportunities for visitors to share their experiences of the park to inspire other visitors.

    We want to encourage people online to get offline. How can we help people get the very best experience from their visit to Wilsons Promontory?

    This may include:

    Sharing seasonal sightings of terrestrial and marine species – (whales through winter, orchids and wildflowers in Spring, birds in summer, historical photos etc.

    Habitat monitoring information for park managers

    Information (or a tour) on the amazing underwater marine habitat in the Marine National Park

    What would I expect to see when in the park in any given month?

    What can I do in the park if I have a couple of hours, half a day, a day, a few days, an extended trip?

    Which walks/activities are best to do if I have small children, elderly relatives, use a wheelchair, are vision impaired, an experienced hiker, visiting in winter, visiting on a very hot or windy day, etc.?

    What is the topography of the walk/activity I plan to do – how difficult will it be, what will I see?

    What are the accommodation options and costs? How do I book?

    How can I minimise my impact on the environment? How can I give back to the park?

    How can I be safe whilst exploring the park?

    Are there any organised activities happening in the park when I plan to visit?

    Where is the nearest fuel supply, supermarket, restaurant, etc.?

    How can I engage with the park? PokemonGo with real world critters?

    What are we attempting to achieve?

    Increasing the level of interaction by visitors through documenting and reporting their experiences and sightings could greatly assist park managers in habitat monitoring and assist in the education of a wider visitor audience of the unique values of the park.

    Increasing the availability of information available to visitors, pre-visit and in-park, to help them plan their experience could reduce the demand on visitor centre staff in peak season. It would also mean that more visitors are aware of the diverse experiences available to them in the park, their responsibilities (e.g. no dogs, no walking off track, etc.) and how to stay safe.  

    Featured Data

    Parks Victoria Campgrounds and Huts - Wilsons Promontory

    PV PARKRES

    Wilsons Prom Elevation Model with Aerial Imagery

    Wilsons Prom Marine National Park - Multimedia

    Victorian SubTidal Reef Monitoring Program

    Great Trails Victoria - Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit

     

    Challenge owner

    Parks Victoria.       

  • GovHack 2016- Victorian War Heritage Inventory

    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 make the  Victorian War Heritage Inventory more accessible an interactive?

    We want the community to feel ownership over the information and the overall story of Victoria’s experience of war and its aftermath

    The Inventory is the record of physical war heritage across Victoria (war memorials, honour rolls, significant sites etc.), The Inventory exists as a dataset. The information contained within the Inventory to be rich and of value to the community. The Inventory attracts interest from a variety of community members particularly researchers, students, historians, planners and tourists - to their heritage and history.

    What are we attempting to achieve?

    The aim of this challenge is to improve the accessibility to the Inventory by the public, so the community can:

    access to the information,

    can contribute new content and records,

    can determine what information should be included

    share their stories of significant war heritage in the State.

    Data links

    Victorian war heritage inventory

    Victorian Heritage database

    Challenge owner

    Veterans Affairs -Department of Premier & Cabinet

  • GovHack 2016- How might we find ways of unlocking value in data without compromising privacy?

    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 find ways of unlocking value in data without compromising privacy

    The Victorian Government recognises the benefits from enabling public access to government data. But however valuable it may be, not all government data is suitable for release.

    For example, government agencies such as Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) hold a wealth of data that is extremely valuable, but also extremely private.

    This challenge is about finding new ways to unlock some of that value without exposing sensitive personal information.

    One way that this might be done is through de-identification - the release of a modified dataset stripped of any identifying information. But de-identification is hard, and always carries a risk that the data can be combined with other public information sources to re-identify the underlying individuals.

     Another approach might be to design a system that lets people explore or visualise the data in such a way that information about individuals can never be accessed. Maybe you can think of other approaches.

     BDM has provided a set of 'dummy data' for you to play with. We want you to come up with innovative new ways for BDM to open up their data to the public without compromising Victorians' privacy.

    What are we attempting to achieve?

    Developing options to  de identification would enable the unlocking of the value of the data we have and provide meaningful data for analysis, e.g. it would be great to be able to provide various councils with data that provides an overview of the number of babies born to parents living in a particular postcode. This may help inform a strategy around day care centres, or schools etc. It would provide for better planning and ensuring the right resources are located in the right areas.  This could also be achieved with using marriages data or deaths data. We could then proactively package these offerings and go to local councils and provide them with this data

    Featured data

    Sample births data

    Important information

    What is Privacy

    Challenge owner

    Births Deaths and Marriage and  Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection

  • GovHack 2016- Vicmap Features of Interest

    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 expand use of the Vicmap Features of Interest to enable easy locatation of facilities?

    The aim of this challenge is to enable the  community to access the wealth of information available through the Vicmap Features of Interests data set.

    Vicmap Features of Interest provides a dynamic database of features and sub features and a feature catalogue has been developed to complement this database.

    It includes features such as education centres,community venues, care & emergency facilities power lines,power facilities,locality points,towers and landmarks.

    Key customers are utilities, a broad variety of business, government departments and agencies and the emergency services.

    What are we attempting to achieve?

    Doing this well will unlock the data that is held in the Features of Interest data to enhance the lives of Victorians and visitors to Victorians.

    Case study 1: Assists with infrastructure planning
    Planners designing the community needs for services such as lifesaving clubs, aquatic centres, maternal and child-care centres, scout camps, etc can use Features of Interest overlaid over the Imagery, Transport, Property and Address Vicmap products. This can be mixed with council, utility, census data such as population, ethnicity, education, family, income, labour force, and dwelling characteristics to best locate and administer each service.

    Case study 2: Linking your business intelligence with the community

    A large publishing house of educational text books will use the schools ‘education centre’ feature to link to individual schools, their location and population. This spatial relationship will aid ordering of these books. This can also be linked with other business information to assist logistics including delivery, routing, invoicing and follow up with each school.

    Featured Data

    Vicmap-Features of Interest

    Challenge owner

    The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

         

  • GovHack 2016- Track and quantify the flows of waste

    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 data to better track and quantify the flows of waste and enable better planning and investment?

    As Victoria's population increases, there is greater need to minimise and better manage our waste to create more sustainable communities. Mapping and quantifying the flows of waste data would provide evidence for forecasting and planning future infrastructure needs for the state. Industry, local and state government would find this particularly useful given the state infrastructure plan’s purpose and its influence on determining future waste facilities in Victoria. 

    What are we attempting to achieve?

    We would like to see an increase in resource recovery in Victoria rather than waste to landfill and be able to demonstrate evidence to support planning of landfill alternatives.

    Currently 60% of waste in landfill is organic materials which represents an economic and environmental loss however, a massive opportunity in the future for better resource management, new industries, jobs and improved environmental outcomes.   We would like to better understand: The flow of waste between waste regions / local governments and the quantities generated and managed in each region and whether there is adequate future infrastructure available to deal with the waste / resources. The visual flow of waste over time will enable better planning for future landfill sites; The composition of waste generated in each waste region / council to enable better economies of scale when considering recycling options and facility locations for industry; This information and understanding could inform better waste management in the state. An example of future outcomes of this work could be that rather than landfilling valuable materials e.g. organic matter (green and food waste) that is high in nutrients and energy, we could be using this waste to create new markets (e.g. compost and waste to energy facilities) and support better organic waste management facilities.

    Featured Data

    We have excellent time series data but we need to be able to exploit the valuable information contained in it to plan better for future infrastructure needs of Victoria while reducing GHG and making better use of our valuable resources.  

    Organics Recovery in Victoria 2013-14 (part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

    Rubber Recovery in Victoria 2013-14 (part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

    Aggregates Mansory Soils Recovery in Victoria 2013-14

    Metal Recovery in Victoria 2013-14(part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

    Plastics Recovery in Victoria 2013-14(part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

    Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Survey 2013-14

    Paper and Cardboard Recovery in Victoria 2013-14

    Victorian Local Government Annual Survey 2013-14

    LCA Kerbside Recycling Calculator

    Glass Recovery in Victoria 2013-14(part of the Victorian recycling industry annual survey 2013-14)

    Challenge owner

    Sustainability Victoria and Department of Environment Land Water and Planning