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Summary from GovHack, held in Canberra on October 30-31

Summary from GovHack, held in Canberra on October 30-31

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  • 1. GovHack.org Take 100 passionate and skilled people Bring them together for 24 hours Give them access to Government datasets
  • 2. Participants Lonely Planet, Sensis, News Ltd, Lagen Spatial + many freelancers and not-for-profits Federal Government including BRS & ABS NSW State Government including LPMA & RFS Powerhouse Museum
  • 3. Skillsets J2EE, Java, C++, Javascript, Jquery, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python, XML, Silverlight, Flash, Flex... UI and UX experts
  • 4. GIS skills? Very few “old school” desktop GIS users Some PostGIS and other FOSS GIS users Little understanding of projections and datums But loads of good ideas
  • 5. Data catalogues
  • 6. LPMA contributions Some useful geographic datasets available from ABS in shapefile format Most users wanted statistics rather than maps Lots of data compilation
  • 7. LPMA contributions
    • Create matrices showing relationships between:
    • Local Government Areas (LGA)
    • Suburbs
    • Postcodes
    • Plus data conversion, geocoding, reprojection, etc
  • 8. Enter a suburb and state: - return the LGA
  • 9. Enter a suburb and state: - return the postcode(s)
  • 10. 2039 includes Balmain and Rozelle Balmain includes 2041 and 2039 Many-to-many relationship
  • 11. Rate A Loo Google Map showing ACT public toilets Allows user to rate the condition Crowd-sourcing information back to Govt Demonstrates common-operating-picture
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  • 15. Know Where You Live Site returns statistics drawn from ABS, NSW Crime Commission, etc Geo-coded photo from the National Library Google Map of the area
  • 16. Know Where You Live
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  • 19. My Representatives User enters an address Site lists the politicians representing that area
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  • 21. Fridgemate
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  • 23. It’s buggered, mate Allows users to draw features on the map Domain dropdown provides validation Annotate with information on damage Logs inputs into an archive
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  • 26. Viewing the archives
  • 27. Viewing the archives
  • 28. Lobby Clue Correlates data about Government contracts, business details and politicians Shows the relationships between them Data sources: Contract Notices from tenders.gov.au Electoral Region Boundaries Business names from Australian Business Register
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  • 32. Links LPMA matrices Rate My Loo Know where you live My Representatives It’s buggered, mate Lobby Clue