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  • GovHack 2015 - Victorian Government Challenges -Honourable mentions

    07 August 2015

    In 2015,we challenged GovHackers to use data to create digital products that focused on

    Exploring what Victoria has to offer Planning for the Future Creating Connected Communiites

    We are pleased to announce that the following projects recieved honourable mentions.

    Greening Space Melbourne

    Greening Space maps unloved public spaces in the City of Melbourne to enable the community to find spaces to grow and cultivate community gardens.

    Greening Space aims to convert the concrete jungle into a greener and more open community space. We provide the public with a map overlaying Melbourne City Council and Melbourne water datasets on available spaces to grow food with trial environmental sensor readings data, to identify the best areas for growing particular plants, vegetables and flowers.

    Postcode battle

    Now you can fight your suburb against that of your friends!

    Using our database built from state and national data, we select all the attributes in which your suburb is more awesome than that of your mates. We present them in a easily understandable way. Now you have real data to prove that your suburb is absolutely the most awesomest! Get battling!!

    Geelong 2065

    Geelong 2065 is a visualization tool that has pooled data from multiple locations. It provides insight into how Geelong’s public facilities will scale over time. Health services, schools and other infrastructure requirements will be forecasted to assist local Government with planning and economic decisions.

    Ballarat Minute

    Putting a local strategy "Today Tomorrow Together - The Ballarat Strategy" into action.

    Ballarat Minute, allows Ballarat residents and visitors to easily find a wide range of services that are within a 10 minute walk or cycle.

    Don't forget to tell us what you are doing with data

  • Opening government data - the reuse community

    Fiona Tweedie06 August 2014

    The demand that government should publish the data that it collects and generates in the course of its work comes from a number of sources. Transparency advocates see open Public Sector Information as a key plank of open government. Researchers in numerous fields can find uses for government data and there’s no doubt that improving the availability of data can increase efficiency within government by reducing duplication in information collection. Open data advocates also argue that there is a broader community with interest in this data and that benefits will flow from making it available to them. It may seem like an article of faith that this community exists but the experience of the Open Knowledge Foundation in Victoria is that it is very real.

    In December 2013, the Open Knowledge Foundation and VicRoads held a meetup, which brought together government data custodians with over fifty data enthusiasts. A diverse group with interests including mapping, urban planning and transport safety came along to learn more about the data that is available and make suggestions about the data they’d like to see released. The evening generated a lot of enthusiasm, but the goal of data publication is not just interest, but reuse.

    GovHack is a national hackathon that took place in eleven sites around the country between 11 and 13 July 2014. Over the weekend, teams worked with a huge range of data from local, state and federal government to create interactive tools, visualisations and pieces of data journalism. Some hacks make data more accessible or engaging, other hacks tackled specific challenges posed by the data providers, such as creating a dashboard of essential information for exploring Melbourne or helping people with accessibility needs navigate the city.

    Helping these projects to have a life beyond the weekend is a further challenge, but GovHack organisers hope that as the community matures more teams will be able to work with data owners to bring these projects into a useable form. Even if the teams that created the hacks don’t want to keep working on the project, the fact that all entries must be open source means that others are free to develop a promising idea.

    An event like GovHack generates a huge number of ideas, from the serious to the playful, in a short space of time. It also serves a broader purpose in increasing awareness of and interest in government data in the maker community and increasing understanding between data owners and consumers. Ultimately, building a collaborative relationship between government data custodians and the reuse community will help generate creative solutions to problems and give government data a life beyond the collecting agency.

    Photo by Jordan Wilson Otto

  • GovHack 2014

    11 July 2014

    We anticipate some very interesting outcomes.

    #GovHack #melbourne #ballarat

    GovHack (see www.govhack.org).is a national non-profit event that brings together 1300+ participants to collaborate on and experiment with (‘hack’) government data and new technologies and to conceive innovative and new applications for that data.

    In Victoria, at sites in Melbourne and Ballarat, over 200 hackers will compete for State and National prizes.

    The Victorian Government is a Principal sponsor and has partnered with the City of Melbourne and organisers, the Open Knowledge Foundation.

    Data.vic is delighted to support GovHack 2014 with the release of brand new data including;

    -        building permit data; (ie. seven years, >100,000 permits per year, and in bulk, comprising over 22 million data elements)

    -        Victoria’s waterways data; (spatial boundaries, images, rules, zones and allowed use)

    -        crashstats, speed zone and speed sign datasets.

    Done well, hacks provide an opportunity to work with government data and create new innovation and ideation.

    Doing well means maximising hackers knowledge of available data as well as building enthusiam and insights for its potential use. At a meet-up last month this and other Victorian data was showcased to registered GovHackers.

    We anticipate some very interesting outcomes.

  • Google Glass uses Melbourne Transport Timetable data

    02 April 2014


    I also note this news last week about more transport data with the announcement of the contractor for the PTV's new bus tracking system due to be delivered by June 2014. The Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder clearly stated his intentions to provide open access to the bus data.

    Following the release of VictorianTransport Timetable data last month, there has been some interesting activity by innovators.

    To update and add to the stats of last month's post about  Victorian Timetable data I am delighted to see the enthusiasm and innovation applied.

    For example one Melbourne developer has taken the next step by creating a transport app for Google Glass.
    A voice controlled app which tracks the wearer's location and when instructed shows which transport options are available to them. This is taking available technology to another level.

    I'm on the look-out for more, so let me know about what you're building.

    And, to update, since the release of the API data record there has been:

    4693 data record page views more than 920 downloads of the API document, and close to 119 API key requests


    I also note this news last week about more transport data with the announcement of the contractor for the PTV's new bus tracking system due to be delivered by June 2014. The Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder clearly stated his intentions to provide open access to the bus data.