A local story generator for kids to put together a story board similar to a comic book. The style chosen is a "choose your own adventure" but the adventure is links to various data sources linked on many dimensions. With the diverse data available, every story created is different. The story can then be shared with friends and family. The story is backed by data which is also credited. A unique way to bring various data sources together. Sharing promotes the importance of open data in our community. This also uses a higher order learning by not telling, not showing but actually allowing users to create and share. Thereby we ingrain in our future generations the importance of data, data sharing and how data is linked across various facets of our lives.
There are a lot of open data sources but in many cases they are hard to link meaningfully. In our case we took to some data munging to find plausible dimensions in the data to allow linking. Things like geo location of school locations and sports complexes was simple. An extension was gender across things like crime stats, teacher/student data and job markets. We took some deep dives in linking location to language spoken from data such as the community profiles data. This created a framework for likely segues that a creator of a story book may take. The rest is left up to the user to choose their own adventure and bring together their own data backed story.
Helping the community realise we’re in their corner!
Local Government has lots of data, so how can we utilise the data we have, and the open data out there to tell the story of what we do, how we do it so well, and how this benefits the community, in ways that constituents will receive and understand?
How can we leverage mobile technology and free Wi-Fi to present point of interest data alongside immersive information to help citizens from non-English speaking backgrounds navigate their local environments and learn about the rich history of Victorian public spaces?
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?
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?