Project Info

Team Name

Team 41

Team Members

4 members with unpublished profiles.

Project Description

Ctrl-Access - Control your data, Access data relevant to you

Our project focus is empowering individuals to take control of their interactions with government data, and to mine their personal data.

We do this through a configurable, secure client. The client can interact with user data, government data and user configured options to make pertinent data available through Alexa voice query and custom query forms.

Ctrl-Access is a modular reporting platform on government and personal data. We envision an open 2-way marketplace where developers can create lifestyle modules that link specific data sets with different lifestyle ideas. For example, how does an individual's activity data stack up against the activity data for long-lived individuals, or how could a person with specific floral allergies move safely and comfortably through a city? Individuals can subscribe to these modules as appropriate to their lives.

With thanks to Telstra Data Labs, especially Ryan and John, for their help throughout the weekend.

Data Story


The wealth of data on all aspects of society and the individual presents a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life of Australians. We are interested in empowering individuals to engage with their personal data and compare with government data in ways that will provide insights for their lives. Ctrl Access will enable users to interact with government datasets in a way particular to their individual data profile.

Our demonstrated use-case is for an Accessibility Module. Given the requirement of needing wheeled access to buildings and public transport, the Accessibility Module checks building data and transport routes, as well as pedestrian volume along the route. Another potential use-case for accessibility is around the avoidance of environmental allergens, such as London Plane trees.

We also envisage Ctrl-Access as a way of optimising health and well-being, as with this video where Alexa is interacting with the user about a computer game. Like the video, where he wants to know how to improve, and Alexa compares his data to everyone’s game play data and makes suggestions, Ctrl-Access will compare a user’s data to existing datasets to make lifestyle recommendations. For example, based on what Ctrl-Access knows about you and on the datasets it has access to, it could suggest tailored activities based on your demographic profile and preferences.

Evidence of Work



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Team DataSets

Buildings with name, age, size, accessibility and bicycle facilities

Description of Use Used to get accessibility data for particular buildings, so the program can compare a user's accessibility requirements with the building's attributes.

Data Set

Trees, with species and dimensions

Description of Use Used to inform routes based on wishing to see old trees, or on wishing to avoid plant species that cause an allergic response.

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Pedestrian Volume

Description of Use Used to calculate pedestrian volume for given sensors.

Data Set

Pedestrian Sensor Locations

Description of Use Used to find average pedestrian volume for a given walking route, either at a particular time or more generally.

Data Set

Challenge Entries

Navigating construction disruption - A City For People

This challenge aims to ease the ability for people to plan and navigate walking routes through the city.

Go to Challenge | 6 teams have entered this challenge.

Bounty: Making open data more open.

How can open data be presented on search.data.gov.au to make it easier and friendlier to use? Does this mean making it more similar to using standard search engines, like Google, or something else entirely?

Go to Challenge | 34 teams have entered this challenge.

Australians' stories

What meaningful ways can we tell the story about what it's like to be an Australian, and in what ways some Australians live very different lives than others? How can we make people more aware of the issues facing themselves and others as they go through life?

Go to Challenge | 34 teams have entered this challenge.

Telling Stories with Data(.Vic)

Accessing any of the datasets on data.vic, this challenge asks participants to extract and tell stories from data. Alternatively how might we facilitate citizens’ own inquiries and investigations via the Victorian Government Open Data Portal?

Go to Challenge | 21 teams have entered this challenge.