We are firm believers in the power of sharing stories through demonstrated case studies and examples.
Here are some Queensland examples of applications using open data:
- Righttogo – a new app that uses open data to allow easy access to Brisbane City Council planning regulations for a particular property, and then connects users with design-led businesses to help them complete their renovation or new build project.
- Open Aus – open data use cases, including registered charities by location, government tenders awarded by postcode, and the federal budget.
- Brisbane Community Directory which provides up-to-date information for community organisations who provide services to the Brisbane community.
- WikiCamps Australia which is an interactive travel app available for download in various formats.
- WikiQueensland which is not yet commercially available, but was the winner of the 2014 Premier’s Open Data Competition in Queensland. WikiQueensland provides a comprehensive view of all publicly accessible Queensland Government data and uses a ranking mechanism to demonstrate the quality of life in Queensland. Users can search and visualise the ranking scores in four categories: safety, healthcare, education and living standards. In addition, data from social networks like Twitter is gathered to analyse local sentiment about current issues, such as budget and traffic conditions.
Open Data visualisations are a quick and easy way to interact with data and extract new meaning and insight. Here are some examples of data visualisations created by local #dataartists:
- Get to know your electorate – by the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University. Using Tableau Public, the team has created a number of informative dashboards using open data from the Australian Beaurau of Statistics which shows a breakdown of population, income, housing, and education – by electorate throughout Queensland. Choose an electorate of interest, and then slide along the tabs at the top for greater granularity.
Read more success stories from across Australia:
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Australian Capital Territory
- Western Australia
- Australian Nation Data Service #DataImpact
- The GovLab have published a collection on Open Data’s Impact.
- Becky Hogge wrote a comprehensive report, Open Data -Six Stories About Impact in the UK.
- The ODI have a number of open data case studies and stories.
Write your own story
Events are often organised to work with open data. Here are a few you may be interested in exploring to create your own success story:
- GovHack – Australia’s largest hackathon. See the 2015 results
- Open Knowledge run a number of events throughout the year in Brisbane and Melbourne
- Australia Open Data Meetup – open data events across Australia are often posted here
- HealthHack – A data hack for medical research problems.
- Hacking Health – collaborate and co-create digital health prototypes to healthcare needs