The aim of this project is to look at range of data sources from Ballarat to visualise the story of life, and perceptions of safety, in our town.
Right to the Night data inspired this project, as it is rich in qualitative and quantitative data. This data was mapped and compared with other features from the City of Ballarat data sets and Vic Gov data sets. These features include skate parks, bus shelters, public toilets and graffiti, amongst others.
Through a visual story telling medium (and lots of maps) this project aims to share the story of challenges that Ballarat faces, and how even in a small area community experiences vary dramatically. By understanding the data and how it applies to individual experiences, government bodies can make wise decisions which can benefit everyone. In this case by making a city safer and more liveable at night.
The hope of this project is to visualise data in a human way which is immediately accessible, understandable and applicable in decision making and easily communicated to the community.
A number of City of Ballarat data sets and one Vic Gov dataset have been used, alongside general basemap data to create these maps and set the scene.
Quotes have come directly from the Right to the Night data.
BoM sunrise and sunset data was used to associate each safe/unsafe entry in the Right to the Night data with a day/night identifier.
More than apps and maps: help government decide with data
How can we combine data to help government make their big and small decisions?
Government makes decisions every day—with long term consequences such as the location of a school, or on a small scale such as the rostering of helpdesk staff.
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?
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?