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  • Go Melbourne Train Timetable

    Aidan Steele 09 January 2015

    Company: Glass Echidna Dataset used: PTV API Timeframe from data set to development: Roughly one month working on it sporadically. Product: GO is a simple app available on Apple iTunes and Google Play to let people in Melbourne know when their next train is leaving. Who can use it? Victorian train users travelling from the same point A to point B each day. What does it do? GO features: • The latest departure and arrival times • The next departure time as a "Today" extension • Swipe up to see a more detailed timetable • On opening the app, the users GPS location sets the closest saved route • Background colour changes based upon the time remaining The app has a number of intuitive features such as anticipating which trip you’re likely to take based on your current location. It can also work offline so there is no need for the user to use their mobile data (except when updating timetables). A recent update also allows users to see when the next train is coming without having to unlock their phone. What users say: Great app and simple interface – David The android app works really nicely - Fiona Nice app. Clean and simple to use – James What Aidan says: It was quite lucky actually – I had been thinking about creating an app of some kind and was browsing data.vic.gov.au and found that the PTV API had just been released. The data was simple to use, once I accommodated for it being released as a Word document. The data was excellent and making the app was quite straightforward. What does the future hold for Go and for Glass Echidna? Aidan is continuing to look for new opportunities for using Victorian Government data. He is also hoping to expand and improve on certain features within the GO app based on user feedback such as train platform information. About Glass Echidna Glass Echidna is a boutique Melbourne-based software development house and IT consultancy which creates intuitive and engaging software.

  • GIS-on-a-Stick

    Simon O’Keefe11 October 2014

    Company: Groundtruth. Product: GIS-on-a-Stick, the "geospatial toolkit to go", is a USB flash drive using open source software and Vicmap data to provide a solid foundation for real world GIS projects. Dataset used: Vicmap data from the Department Environment and Primary Industries. Timeframe from data set to proof of concept: It took six weeks for Groundtruth’s work experience student, Janahan Karunaharan (graduated Geomatics at RMIT University) to turn the raw data into a proof of concept. Who will use it? Organisations or individuals starting a GIS project specific to Victoria. What does it do? GIS-on-a-Stick is a portable and transferable drive which contains QGIS software and Vicmap data - such as detailed maps, planning, transport and property details of Victoria - in a self-contained spatial database. These large data sets have undergone sourcing, importing, categorising, filtering, optimising, zoom-layering and styling. This means that clients can quickly start overlaying their own data in order to start to building, visualising, analysing and sharing their own GIS project. GIS-on-a-Stick was launched in March 2014 and was a winner in the inaugural Data Vic Competition. What Groundtruth say: “Because the Victorian Government has opened up this data, we have more certainty about what we can do for our clients. It gives us direct access to the source of data which means we can continue to build our product suite and ultimately broaden our client base”, Simon O’Keefe. What does the future look like? Groundtruth will continue to connect with organisations to discover how GIS-on-a-Stick can be used. “In the spirit of open data, we’ve enjoyed watching how people are using GIS-on-a-Stick – and they have even suggested ideas for using the tool which we hadn’t thought of. The possibilities are immense”, Simon O’Keefe. About Groundtruth: Groundtruth is a Melbourne based company with a mission to help organisations work smarter by making use of geospatial information in their business processes. With the belief that the use of open standards is crucial to the long-term success and sustainability of any GIS project, Groundtruth has created a number of innovative GIS tools. Over half of Victorian councils use Groundtruth software to manage their routine property data maintenance

  • Trip Risk - How safe is your commute?

    Janet Horwell09 October 2014

    Company: Geoplex. Product: A responsive website where users can visualise pedestrian, bicycle and car crash hotspots along selected road routes in Victoria. Dataset used: VicRoads historical crash data. From dataset to development: Trip Risk was built over a few months. It started as a hack day project and the potential was identified in sharing the data with the community and building it into a responsive site. Who will use it? Anyone can access Trip Risk to visualise their trip to work or school and understand the data of high crash zones for themselves. How does it work? Geoplex has integrated mapping tool CartoDB with VicRoads historical data on accidents to build the intuitive and responsive website TripRisk. By plotting common travel routes by car, bike or walking, users can gain a personal understanding of the travel risks along their selected routes. Geoplex used the MapQuest routing API, Google Charts, and the Nokia Here geocoding service to create Trip Risk along with an AngluarJS framework. The CartoDB SQL API allowed the combination of data from each of these services. Evan Quick, Director Information Access at VicRoads said, “The Trip Risk team has managed to take this data and turn it into an application that makes road safety issues visible to everyone.” Trip Risk also provides an important service for the community by highlighting areas which may need road maintenance or an intersection redesign to help reduce crash numbers. Trip Risk was a winner in the inaugural Data Vic Competition in March 2014. What does the future for Trip Risk look like? Trip Risk currently uses Victorian data, but in the future it may include crash statistics from other Australian states. There has also been interest in the product internationally. About Geoplex: Geoplex are specialists in the collation, transformation, analysis and presentation of spatial data. They create products to visualise data, drive competitive advantage and solve business problems. “Our vision for TripRisk is to get people to ask questions, be curious, and recognise the benefit of knowledge sharing through open data” Geoplex.