The ACT Government is excited to announce their support and participation in this year’s GovHack challenge in sponsoring two categories - a fitting event for the Smart City. The ACT Government will also be promoting the use of open data, particularly data from the Smart Parking Trial in Manuka, Canberra and ACT foundation spatial datasets.
In late July the ACT Government showed their support and participation in this year’s GovHack challenge by sponsoring two categories - a fitting event for the Smart City.
The GovHack challenge is a platform to promote the use of the government’s open data, particularly data from the Smart Parking Trial in Manuka, Canberra and ACT foundation spatial datasets.
Through the ACT Geospatial Catalogue the public can access 95 (and counting) open ACT Government Geospatial data from land administration data such as districts and blocks to emergency management data such as 100 year floods and bushfire fire management zones. Through dataACT there are many other datasets available from smart parking locations, on-road cyclist crashes to live data on air quality monitoring.
The Smart Parking dataset is made available in two ways, historical data and live occupancy data. The Smart Parking Trial is running in Manuka’s entertainment precinct until April 2017. It includes 460 infra-red parking bay sensors, five LED parking availability street signs and the ParkCBR app (available on GooglePlay and AppStore) to reduce congestion on-street. This trial will evaluate the ability of the Smart Parking program to provide timely parking information to drivers, decrease congestion and improve user experience.
Official datasets include:
The Heat Maps dataset displays the vehicle turnover in each of the bays reported on.
Both these dataset sources, the ACT Geospatial Catalogue and Smart Parking Trial, are programs from the ACT Governments’ Digital Canberra direction. Through Digital Canberra the Government are committed to capitalising on the opportunities of the digital age to drive economic growth, provide better services and strengthen open government and citizen engagement.
The ACT Government’s support and involvement with GovHack 2016 follows on from their recent Proactive Release of Data Policy launched late last year.
Data is the lifeblood of digital. Liberating open data to sponsor innovation by social entrepreneurs and the business community is a very exciting prospect. It will be great to see what innovations the best minds in Canberra will come up the ACT Government provide more and more open data.
GovHack is all about getting the best and brightest from across Australia and New Zealand working with open government data with a focus to innovate and create.
As a Smart City, the ACT is proud to be associated with an event that is all about encouraging and celebrating their technical and creative capacity, connecting citizens with government for great outcomes, and building upon the social and economic value of open data published by government.
GovHack is a non-stop 46 hour event held simultaneously around Australia and New Zealand at approved official locations and community nodes from Friday 29 July through to Sunday 31 July 2016. Visit the website here www.govhack.org
Here are some of the projects which demonstated the best use of ACT Government Smart Parking Data https://2016.hackerspace.govhack.org/prizes/act-best-use-of-act-government-smart-parking-data
Meet the Canberra high school students who made headlines with the "Parkachu" app developed using Smart Parking data to keep PokemonGo trainers safe. Watch ABC News coverage here.
To access the wide range of freely available government data view www.data.act.gov.au and www.actmapi.act.gov.au.