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  • RightToGo on Open Data

    18 Oct 2017

    Brisbane City Council is committed to building our local economy by supporting small business and nurturing innovation. The Brisbane City Plan 2014 was released as an open data set in 2016, with the Fountainhead Group one of the first to utilise this accessible data to create and launch the RightToGo mobile app.

    Developed as a one-stop-shop for homeowners and residential property developers, RightToGo provides simple answers to complex questions around what can be built or changed on an existing property. The app connects users with architects, engineers, town planners and builders, to help get projects started.

    While Brisbane City Plan 2014 is openly available through Council’s website, use of the data digitally through apps like RightToGo require a different data use agreement. In implementing its open data strategy Council selected an open Creative Commons license, which allows data to be shared and adapted as needed for free. Additionally, Peter Kable from the Fountainhead Group was awarded a Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneur grant from Brisbane Marketing to further develop RightToGo.

    Data

    Brisbane City Plan 2014 Open Data datasets (search results)

    Benefits

    One of the key challenges faced in the development industry is the ability to confidently understand in preliminary planning stages the applicable Council guidelines, restrictions and assessments that could affect a project. Utilising Brisbane City Plan 2014, Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Public Sector Mapping Agencies (PSMA) geocoded national address file G-NAF open data sources, RightToGo users can quickly and efficiently access property attributes (including flood zoning, land usage restrictions and heritage listing) to immediately assess the potential planning status of a project.

    RightToGo allows Brisbane developers to easily identify the potential of a site, engage innovative local suppliers and help guide them towards making their property development dreams a reality.

    Further information

    RightToGo Brisbane City Plan 2014 Creative Commons PSMA’s geocoded national address file G-NAF

  • Opening up our community halls

    18 Oct 2017

    Brisbane City Council is committed to creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities, with better facilities and venues for all ages to enjoy. A key outcome of Council’s Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan 2012-2017 was significant investment in improving the accessibility of Council buildings, venues and facilities with a particular focus on infrastructure such as ramps, parking and accessible toilets. Prior to this, much of the information on venue accessibility improvements had not been documented and wasn’t easily available to the public.

    A cross-Council project team set about reviewing and compiling all the information available on Council’s 19 community halls, while simultaneously auditing the accessibility improvements made to each of these facilities. The project team consulted widely as it sought to identify all and any additional facility information that would be of value to the public.

    While initially led by two key deliverables, the project soon evolved to incorporate a third:

    Develop a master dataset on Council’s community halls to enable Council to better manage and maintain these Council assets. Make this new, comprehensive, master dataset publicly available on Council’s Open Data portal, for all Brisbane residents to access. Create an accessible, mobile optimised, online user experience to translate this dataset and allow potential hirers and hall users easy access to important facility information.

    Once the data was available online, Council saw an opportunity to build a new online community halls experience with a map-based search interface and feature-based filters to best suit search, presentation and accessibility of the data.

    Data

    Community Halls

    Benefits

    The mix of flexible open source solutions such as Drupal, leaflet mapping library and JSON with open data has allowed Council to create an easy-to-use, accessible and mobile responsive entry level product for its community halls. The online community halls experience has additional phases of development planned, to add more accessibility information for each hall and eventually integrate online hall and facilities bookings. In the long-term Council aims to further leverage this approach across other accessible facilities, including libraries.

    Further information

    Search the communities halls and facilities list 2017 Acquia Engage Awards, Public Sector category finalist

  • GovHack 2017 Winners

    20 Sep 2017

    The GovHack 2017 winners were announced at the state awards night in Brisbane on 8 September. This year’s event attracted more than 3000 participants, making it the best hackathon yet.

    Congratulations to the winners of Brisbane City Council’s challenges. Thank you for your innovative solutions to help us make Brisbane a great place to live, work, and relax.

    Brisbane City Council Challenge Winners

    Freedom Fighters
    Challenge: Best Transport Solution for South East Queensland
    Theme: Action on congestion and Public Transport
    Project: Video

    NextBiz.space
    Challenge: Brisbane’s Business Success
    Theme: Strong economy and new jobs
    Project: Video

    Kylie knows about govt services
    Challenge: Bringing Brisbane Together
    Theme: Lifestyle and Leisure
    Project: Video

    Freedom Fighters
    Challenge: Know your Clean, Green and Sustainable footprint
    Theme: Clean, Green and Sustainable
    Project: Video

    We would like to thank our judges and mentors who participated in the event: 

    Shawn Day Mark Pattemore Tim Wright Lois Andrews Brayden Soo Cameron Hood Sarah Bishop Micheal Ives Daniel Thomas

    Here’s what they had to say about this year’s event:

    “Loved watching the groups form, get ideas and transform them from storyboard to solutions in such a short time. Seeing everyone excited about our data was great!” “I was really impressed with how quickly the teams developed their concepts and produced demos and professional looking presentations. Great inspiration for the next time I find myself procrastinating about a project proposal!”

    A brief summary of the Queensland results is available at QLD GovHack 2017

    Find the full list of GovHack 2017 winners for all states here.

    Thank you to everyone for contributing to another successful event. Keep the good ideas flowing, see you next year.

    We’d love to hear your feedback on using our open data site. Please contact us to share your thoughts or suggestions.
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  • GovHack 2017 Recap

    15 Aug 2017

    During the weekend from 28 July to 30 July 2017, more than 300 people attended the GovHack 2017 Brisbane and Brisbane Youth Node events. Many more attended other nodes across Queensland as well as other sites across Australia and New Zealand. Check out this years Hackerspace for the complete list of teams and entries.

    A big thanks to all participants, organisers and supporters. We received a lot of amazing ideas and are currently working through all entries to establish the winners.

    The judging phase has now commenced with the winners to be announced at the state awards at The Precinct in Fortitude Valley on 8 September. We hope to see everyone there.

    We love to hear your feedback on using our open data site, please contact us to share your thoughts or suggestions.

    GovHack 2017 Challenge Recap

    Challenge: Best Transport Solution for South East Queensland
    Theme: Action on congestion and Public Transport
    Entries: 16

    Challenge: Brisbane’s Business Success
    Theme: Strong economy and new jobs
    Entries: 14

    Challenge: Bringing Brisbane Together
    Theme: Lifestyle and Leisure
    Entries: 23

    Challenge: Know your Clean, Green and Sustainable footprint
    Theme: Clean, Green and Sustainable
    Entries: 12

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  • GovHack 2017 Challenges

    21 Jul 2017

    Brisbane is a great place to live, work, and relax – it’s a safe, vibrant, green and prosperous city, valued for its friendly and optimistic character and enjoyable lifestyle.

    Together, we’ve achieved a lot, but there’s more to be done. Every day, Brisbane City Council works with residents and local communities to help make our city what it is today with a long-term vision for the future. It’s that vision and focus that has Brisbane heading in the right direction and has helped to form Council’s challenges for GovHack 2017.

    With just 46 hours to develop solutions we know GovHack will deliver some amazing ideas. These ideas may not be fully developed and may not be easy or even viable or feasible to implement. They should be innovative and will provide broader input into how Brisbane can address the challenges. We encourage all participants to include, within their solutions, input on additional data or other changes that enhance the ideas, better address the challenge and deliver a better Brisbane.

     

    Challenge 1: Best Transport Solution for South East Queensland

    This is a joint challenge with Brisbane, Logan and Redland City Councils and Griffith University.

    Challenge:
    It's 7am on a Friday morning and I'm going to work. I live in Redlands but work in Brisbane and have a meeting in Logan at 3.30pm. When there is a game on a the GABBA it typically adds 30 minutes to my drive home but I'm not thinking about that in the morning. There are many others that might also impact my commute and thus transport choice such as road works, accidents and school holidays. How can I have access to the information to plan my entire commute?

    Significant growth is also expected across the region which may add to congestion in the years ahead. How can this information help reduce the impacts growth may have on congestion and help commuters to have a better travel experience?

    Theme:
    Action on congestion and Public Transport

    Vision:
    Around 60% of Redlanders, 70% of Logan and 20% of Brisbane’s employed residents work outside of their ‘cities’. Transport is not only a local issue, it is one that affects the entire region every day.

    Taking real action on traffic congestion, while delivering smoother suburban streets, means getting residents home quicker and safer. Combining this with world-class public and active transport means more buses for the suburbs, fewer cars on the road, quicker, more comfortable trips, healthier people and environment and more travel options for residents regardless of where they live or work.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    Entries must use an open dataset that contains transport data about South East Queensland.

    Data suggestions:
    Council publishes Open Data on its open data website. By searching this website you will find Council data and data from many other open data websites across Australia including the federal open data website. Some example datasets you could use for this challenge include:

    Planned temporary road occupancies Citycycle Bicycle racks Bikeways Bikeway counts Brisbane parking stations Brisbane bus stops Regulated permit parking areas

    Other open data is also available on the Queensland Government’s open data site. Another source of open data that may support solutions to this challenge is the real time transport data published by Translink.

     

    Challenge 2: Brisbane’s Business Success

    Challenge:
    Many small businesses struggle to compete with the larger, national/multinational players due to customers being unaware of local options. How can we help raise awareness of and support for local businesses and the goods and services they offer?

    Theme:
    Strong economy and new jobs

    Vision:
    Council is committed to building our local economy while creating new and innovative jobs. Supporting small business and nurturing innovation means a strong economy with more jobs right across Brisbane.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    Must focus on Brisbane business success and use at least one dataset from the Brisbane Open Data website

    Data:
    Council publishes Open Data on its open data website. By searching this website you will find Council data and data from many other open data websites across Australia including the federal open data website. Some example datasets you could use for this challenge include:

    Business events Employment projection model Wireless hotspot sites libraries and parks Suburbs and adjoining suburbs Property address data Brisbane city plan 2014 zoning Current animal related permits Brisbane city council events locations

    Other open data is also available on the Queensland Government’s open data site.

     

    Challenge 3: Bringing Brisbane Together

    Challenge:
    A wide range of public and private providers offer many lifestyle and leisure activities across Brisbane. The information about these events is often spread across multiple locations, making it hard to find. How can we bring this information together in a way that is easy to use and can help everyone find the information relevant to them?

    Theme:
    Lifestyle and Leisure

    Vision:
    A liveable city is about more than just new jobs and better roads. More leisure options mean exciting events and vibrant local markets, with better facilities and venues for all ages to enjoy. Creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities and making these more accessible for everyone in Brisbane helps to deliver an even better Brisbane.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    Must use at least one dataset from the Brisbane Open Data website

    Data:
    Council publishes Open Data on its open data website. By searching this website you will find Council data and data from many other open data websites across Australia including the federal open data website. Some example datasets you could use for this challenge include:

    Brisbane city council events locations Brisbane city council events Brisbane events in traditional Chinese Brisbane events in simplifed Chinese Brisbane events in Korean

    Other open data is also available on the Queensland Government’s open data site.

     

    Challenge 4: Know your Clean, Green and Sustainable footprint

    Challenge:
    Many Brisbane residents and businesses like to keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable. We have so many choices that can impact environmental outcomes both locally and globally. How can residents and businesses tell what impacts their decisions have on the environment?

    Theme:
    Clean, Green and Sustainable

    Vision:
    Keeping Brisbane clean and green is all about making our city liveable and sustainable for our children, and their children to follow.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    Must focus on Brisbane business success and use at least one dataset from the Brisbane Open Data website (data.brisbane.qld.gov.au)

    Data: 
    Council publishes Open Data on its open data website. By searching this website you will find Council data and data from many other open data websites across Australia including the federal open data website. Some example datasets you could use for this challenge include:

    Waste Collection days Brisabane weeds Waste transfer stations Free native plants Bicycle racks Citycyle Public drinking fountain taps

    Other open data is also available on the Queensland Government’s open data site.