BAM (Business Analytics Maps)

Business Analytics Map - data to decisions for policy and investment
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The BAM (Business Analytics Maps) data visualisation tool aims to provide current and potential business owners, policy makers and individuals a way to visualise business activity in different postcodes and local government areas. Small businesses form the backbone of the economy, and this tool allows users to look across the state and back in time to see the 'economic story'; which areas are flourishing now, or have slowed down in recent times. This will help policy makers to recognise areas which require development and investment from Government, and also in monitoring the flow on effects of major business closures, for example Mitsubishi in 2008 and the impending closure of Holden.

This project combines data on approximately 780 000 South Australian business and companies operating from 1999 (year the Australian Business Number was introduced) with WorkCover SA, Australian Bureau of Statistics economic and industry data and geographical data to create the interactive tool that tracks and visualises the pattern of business entry, exit and survival across South Australia. Business and company data was obtained from the Australian Business Register (ABR) and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). This also provided the postcode, business registration date (and de-registration date if applicable).

Prize categories selected:

Helping communities connect with data
Communities and local government can take advantage of the tool just as investors and government can, especially when it comes to understanding the economic story of the whole state, and how different regions effect each other.

The Best Policy Insights Hack

Data to decision:
It can be difficult to get a high level view of the evolution of the state from just employment statistics, news stories on company closures and consumer confidence. This tool will help policy makers gain that perspective.

Best Industry, Science or Research data mash up
We have used several different SA and National sources for the visual tool, including ABS, WorkCoverSA, ATO, ASIC.

South Australia: The best place to do business
Monitoring the evolution of business across the state will help detect trends that may have not been obvious before, and this will assist policy makers in creating a sustainable and distributed business growth across SA. We have used more than one Data.SA .

The Unleashed Premiers Awards
The BAM visualisation tool is aimed at assisting policy makers in precisely the position that SA is facing, with growing unemployment which is not distributed evenly across the state. Detecting geogrpahic as well as trends across time will be much easier if it is all done together. The data pulled together is not as diverse and fine-grain as it could be, for instance, Planning SA has a significant retail database, and the ABS and ATO have detailed business records which could be incorporated in future.
Further to this, other data can be overlaid for each suburb, including employment numbers, population, or the amount of government funding from both State and Federal Governments. This would assist building up the economic story for the state.

Most useful Product or Service for the Public
Investors would want to consult the BAM tool when choosing where to start or buy a business. For example, if government investment data is included (as mentioned above), this would influence such decisions.

Best Higher Education Teams 
- More than 50% (G.Stamatescu, A. Milton, R. Fernandez, A. Chakraborty, S. Sleep) are currently enrolled as full time PhD students.

Datasets Used: 
NATIONAL DATA SOURCES 1. Australian Business Register (ABR) 1999-2015 - OR through their web services (see example - Examples Data Fields: ABN and current ABN status, Australian Company Number (ACN), State and postcode of current main business location, Registration start and end dates - Full data description: 2. ASIC Companies Register (Business start year - 2015) - - Examples of Data Fields: Company Name, Australian Company Number (ACN), Type, Class, Status, Date of Registration, Previous State of Registration (where applicable), State Registration Number (where applicable) - Full data description: 3. ABS National Regional Profile, 2009-2013 Cat. number 1379.0.55.001 - - Files: NRP, Economy, ASGS, 2009-2013 and NRP, Economy, LGA, 2009-2013 - Data Fields: Year, LGA, Number of businesses by industry 4. ABS Census of Population and Housing: Census Geographic Areas Digital Boundaries, Australia, 2006. Cat. no. 2923.0.30.001 - - Description: Postal Areas (POA) 2006 Digital Boundaries in ESRI Shapefile Format ------------------------------------------------------- DATA SA SOURCES 1. WorkCover SA Experimental Dataset 2012-2013 - - Examples of Data Fields: Postcode, Remuneration, Employers (workplace count) 2. Local Government Areas (Shapefile) 2014 - - Description: The location and extent of the local government areas within South Australia in shapefile format.

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