Map All The Things

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Map All The Things is a interactive map that aims to provide members of the public with a convenient and user friendly method to access official data published by WA Government Departments. This was achieved by visualising geospatial information through data links and other data formats.

Our initial project focus was to fulfil the bounties listed in the GovHack 2015 prize list, with the understanding that these bounties reflect areas of desired progress from the prize sponsors. In an attempt to address as many of these areas as possible, the map was produced, with an emphasis on promoting the use of Geospatial Data for everyday users. The choice of datasets was directed by the creation of several "User Cases" as examples of our potential target user, which allowed a breadth of different datasets to be used to cover multiple user types. 

User Case Examples:

Carly wants to buy a house. She can use Map All The Things to look at house prices, crime statistics, public transport availability and ADSL quality.

Lan is visiting WA. She can use Map All The Things to view public transport data, road speed limits and ABC local stories to find out about areas she is visiting.

Tina is a scientist. She is interested in comparing biodiversity to ecosystem fragility and water use data. Map All The Things can help her do this.

Ralph is interested in Noongar culture. He wants to use Map All The Things to see Aboriginal heritage places and he wants areas to know the meaning behind Noongar place names.


Prize Categories

International Prizes

International Digital Humanities Hack: Map All The Things helps people to engage with a variety of interesting datasets from diverse sources. Being able to overlay and compare data in an easy to use map can lead to hours of enjoyment and contemplation.

International Best Disaster Mitigation Hack: Map All The Things provides ways that the community can prepare for natural disasters and aftermaths. Map layers include areas prone to flooding as well as data on speed limits and public transport infrastructure which may be useful in the event of an evacuation. There are also regional park and fire station layers which may be useful in the event of bushfires. The ecosystem sensitivity layer may help the public to avoid environmental disasters. Planned layers include bushfire risk and population density which will further assist with disaster preparedness.

National Prizes

Best Digital Transformation Hack: Map All The Things provides a user centric method for viewing and using government data. The map can be used by citizens to explore and better understand government infrastructure such as roads, public transport and drinking water sources. It can also be used by public servants to visualise different datasets and demonstrate proposed projects such as proposed new roads in a user friendly manner.

Best Open Government Data Hack: Map All The Things aims to get citizens excited by government data. It uses google maps, a very familiar interface for most people. The use of a wizard and layer toggle ability makes it very accessible and easily explorable. Map All The Things is also extensible, so further data can be added. The map can be used as the basis of various usages by hiding layers which are irrelevant to that purpose.

Best Science Hack: Map All The Things can be used to provide a basic understanding of datasets pertaining to water sources, water demand throughout the state, and the location of sensitive environmental ecosystems which can provide scientifically minded individuals an understanding of this location data for their uses. Further implementation will provide analytically produced data layers from other datsets, which combine other datasets to show new and interesting spatial relationships.

Bounty Prizes

WA Prizes:

Department of Aboriginal: Aboriginal People and Culture: Map All The Things gives people a tool to access to all things Aboriginal in one digital place: be it a map of Aboriginal heritage places, Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal history, Aboriginal heroes, public can get to all this information and more.  Users can use Map All The Things to map different layers of information related to Aboriginal issues with other layers of information, which will facilitate better decision makings and reconcialiation process.

Landgate Most Innovative Use of Location Information Prize: Map All The Things introduces a way to use Landgate SLIP Data in a way that has never been used before.  We pull together data from various government departments into a single digital map that is accessible and easily interpretable for pubic use. 

Main Roads Keep WA Moving Prize: Map All The Things provides all data relating to road planning, road conditions, traffic congestion data, environmental sensitivity and impact data, planning data, which can be helpful for urban planners to design future road in the most efficient way; it can be helpful for commuters to avoid traffic congestion to save time.  Map All The Things will facilitate better decision makings and productivity improvement.

RAC Safe Mobility Prize/RAC Connecting Regionally Prize: Map All The Things can map real-time traffic and road conditions including road accidents, traffic jams, fires and flood harzards on all roads across WA.  This will enable travellers to make a best decision regarding the safety of their travel plan.

RAC Accessible Mobility Prize: With its provision of all current data of road and traffic conditions, Map All The Things will give travellers information about a best accessibility and safety of their travel.

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Big & Complex Data Prize: Map All The Things combine all current government data into one digital map for multi-purpose usees. 

Curtin Data Analystical Prize: Map All The Things provides tools for users to make the most meaning from the government data in one place.  As a data user, you can combine differnt layers of information to serve your needs in the most accessible and comprehensible way.

Cisco Internet of Everything: Map All The Things connect people with all government data for better decision making processes.

NGIS Smart Cities Prizes: Map All The Things is about giving public users an easy access to all current government data regarding their mobility.  We provide users with a tool that can help the to make smart decisions about environment, economy and community matters.

The Most Entrepreneurial Hack: Map All The Things can be scalable to provide business intelligent information for better decision making in one- stop shop.

Datasets Used: 
FROM SLIP: Garden Bore Suitability 09372590152434720789-01302480197074991316 Public Transport Authority Services - Bus Routes 09372590152434720789-1331354266433742807 Public Transport Authority Services - Bus Stops 09372590152434720789-02406381474707693508 Regional Parks 09372590152434720789-03904637395351872180 Speed Data MRWA 09372590152434720789-00934723860504938151 State Electorates (Current) 09372590152434720789-07805245591538660512 State Road Network (Future) 09372590152434720789-08761509449522039995 Aboriginal Communities in WA 09372590152434720789-08518116787816413147 Aboriginal Heritage Places 09372590152434720789-05162399680694933506 Public Drinking Water Source 09372590152434720789-10740193452754088647 Flood Level Contours (mAHD) 09372590152434720789-18350116626117757948 Environmental Sensitivity 09372590152434720789-01627525817521224070 Selected Person Characteristics (LGA) ABS B01 09372590152434720789-12830528591563949894 OTHER SOURCES (NON-SLIP): From ABC open: Local stories From SLWA/Pixtory: Historical pictures From Native Title Tribunal: Native title determinations In addition, a point dataset was created joining a .csv file of Noongar Suburb Names with Descriptions (sourced from and a .csv Suburb Name Geolocation File sourced online by a team member prior to the GovHack event.

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