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Team Name

Team 180

Team Members

2 members with unpublished profiles.

Project Description

Based the large number of free wi-fi hotspots (either at train stations, or at council locations) across Melbourne, this presents a unique opportunity to present those who connect with a data-driven story available in multiple languages.

Given the geo-location of available wi-fi hotspots, users would be offered a chance to experience the history, demographic breakdown of the area, as well as local council information.

Data Story

We found that the data for councils can be very spread apart, across multiple sources (websites, reports, databases), and there is no easy method for residents or visitors to an area to find relevant information without attempting to search and filter through traditional channels.

Our idea is that we could combine relevant data together, and present it to people in a familiar format, but through a unique method.

With this idea/approach in mind, this solution concept collated information in various datasets from Kingston City Council, as well as the Trove database, KnowYourCouncil website, Census data between 2001 and 2016, and a combination of location datasets for Hospitals, Sports Grounds, and Schools.

Based on this approach, we for-see this as a means to promote collaboration of open-data resources between local councils and to be something that could be easily adapted and utilized at both city (Wydnham) and state levels.

Evidence of Work


Team DataSets

Kingston Council Website

Description of Use Was used to investigate and populate the "About the area" section of the webpage.

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Kingston Council Festivals and Events

Description of Use Used to populate events data within the "Upcoming Events" section of the webpage.

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Sport and Recreational Facilities

Description of Use Used to identify all AFL grounds within Kingston council region to map out within the webpage.

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Kingston Council Plan Performance Reports

Description of Use Key figures and project status' were utilized for the "What's your council doing for you?" section.

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Know Your Council Website - Kingston

Description of Use Kingston data was investigated and specific data points were obtained to use within the "What's your council doing for you?" section.

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Census Data 2001 - 2016

Description of Use Examples of demographic trends were found for the region of Kingston, which were used for the "Who Lives in Kingston?" section of the webpage.

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Trove Online Database

Description of Use Used to confirm that historical newspaper clippings and information can be searched to find a "news of the day" that could be presented within the webpage.

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Challenge Entries

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.

Growing Wyndham

This challenge aims to develop innovative new ideas to help plan for Wyndham as a growing city. Winning entry will be a best concept/product that is useful for the people of Wyndham.

Go to Challenge | 15 teams have entered this challenge.

Bounty: Mix and Mashup

How can we combine the uncombinable?

Go to Challenge | 61 teams have entered this challenge.

Victorian Multicultural Atlas

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?

Go to Challenge | 11 teams have entered this challenge.

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?

Go to Challenge | 11 teams have entered this challenge.