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GovHack 2017 Challenge - What's my best way home?

Submitted by Data.Vic Team on Friday, 28th July - 8.51.


Challenge Owner - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

How can we use Victoria's open Government data to help the community find the quickest and safest way home? Is there a way to encourage crowd-sourcing of data anomalies?

Melbourne has consistently been ranked as one of the world's most livable cities in the world. Our cohesive and stable society, healthcare, education, and world class infrastructure make Melbourne a magnificent city in which to live and work. Increasing population in Melbourne has resulted with congested road/foot traffic which impact the community during peak times, such as exiting an event/concert/footy, or the event of train line faults. Knowing your surround provides location advantage, but others can benefit from knowledge sharing. Social media is becoming an essential component to crowdsourcing as it allows organizations to reach a wider audience faster, cheaper and more efficiently than ever before. Using location based apps to review, comment and provide feedback have gained popularity with the likes of Waize, Uber, Zomato, Yelp etc.

DELWP stores and publishes many open spatial datasets available from the Victorian government; DELWP is the Custodian for the Vicmap suite of foundation spatial data products, maintains the metadata stores, enables data to be consumed by open data portals such as and, and delivers downloadable content via Spatial DataMart. This data is authoritative, accurate, and freely available to the public. Exposing information and services to the community and government agencies is one of our primary drivers. There is opportunity to empower the community to promote DELWP’s foundational data with the creation of a knowledge sharing/crowd-sourcing idea. 

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