factr

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Factr is designed to provide amusing, but also surprisingly insightful statements by combining huge amounts of disparate location data. We've combined 13 local government data sets as a starting point for this, but have also developed a tool that allows us to rapidly add additional datasets (of different structures) without requiring lengthy manual processing. 

We analyse this data using cognitive methods to extract meaning and provide random a natural language statement about it based on your location. Sometimes this data is as simple as the number of things around you, other times it might be an average or combined total of nearby activities. 
Eg:

"The average parking fine in this area is $61.92. Really makes you think"

Each stage of the process (loading, analysing, language processing etc) is modular and can be swapped for different services as needed. 

Note: For our demo, the location is fixed as the centre of Ballarat by default, but it is possible to use the current GPS location by clicking the factr label in the top right corner

Region: 
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat Car Parking Data
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat CCTV Cameras
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat Drinking Fountains
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Geelong Child Care Centres
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Geelong Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat Parking Infringements
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat Graffiti Defects
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Geelong Residential Vacant Land
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Geelong Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Geelong CCTV Cameras
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Geelong Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat Child Care Centres
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat Toilets
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat Playgrounds
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Geelong Street Lights
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Geelong Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Dataset Name: 
Ballarat BBQ's
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Ballarat Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This is one of the many datasets that were combined in order to feed the analytic engine
Event Location: 
Ballarat