ABS - That thing we all need

Supported By: 
Australian Bureau of Statistics

OK Tech and Dev Hackers. You've spoken over the years, and we've listened.

We know that sometimes government systems aren't the best things to work with. And we know that most of the time, all of our data is in different formats and sometimes, all kinds of wrong to the professional developer.

So here is your challenge. Make us "that thing" we need. The dankest of the dank unofficial APIs. The killer library. The master app. The coolest of the cool. The thing that will solve the "this is why we can't have nice things" conundrum.

"But what makes it cool?" you ask?

 

Eligibility Criteria

Entries MUST be cross-team and collaborative.

  • Ideally, you'll connect with other techs/devs from other teams and either:
    • Build something that all teams at GovHack can use to discover, access, connect to etc, to multiple agency data portals and websites; or
    • Build something that every Agency at GovHack and elsewhere can use in future years to make it easier for people to do things with our data.
  • Entries must be complete and working, open source and available for use, and documented well enough for peer review.
  • Demonstrated cross-team use of the working entry will be very highly regarded.

Judging

By the rules of cool:

  • Your peers will be your initial judges - if "that thing we need" is clearly used by a large number of team by the end of the weekend, this will speak for itself and will be very highly regarded for judging - everyone subconsciously knows what's cool and what's not - the inner geek is a powerful judge!
  • Agency and Sponsor technical mentors from Service Design and Developer/Coder areas will also evaluate entries on both "big S" service design (is it easy to use, documented, developer experience friendly etc) and code/functional quality.
  • The prize will be awarded to the named / significant contributors of the "thing", as if they were a normal team.

Mapping Sepsis

Team Name: 
Smart Sepsis WA

Blood stream infections are a major cause of death worldwide with a mortality rate of 30%. Blood cultures are the most important tool for their diagnosis and as such the data on blood culture testing unlocks the details of who, what and where the infections are occuring. The data set we have access to for GovHack makes up 90% of all blood cultures in Western Australia. The goal of this project is to map out the incidence of bloodstream infections in Western Australia and regional breakdowns using the blood culture data and ABS statistics.

Real2Fake

R2F
Team Name: 
The Cooks

Real2Fake is a webapp, that allows government departments to wash their data of all identifiable information.

It does this by combinding the private information with a randomly generated salt, then transforming it into a hash, the hash is then used as a seed to generate a new fake identity for the record. This means that when looking at the data, the user can put a name and face to the data.

This easy process of washing the private information removes the excuse that the data is private, allowing all government departments to securely release all of their big data.

Smart Sepsis WA

Team Name: 
Smart Sepsis WA

Blood stream infections are a major cause of death worldwide with a mortality rate of 30%. Blood cultures are the most important tool for their diagnosis and as such the data on blood culture testing unlocks the details of who, what and where the infections are occuring. The data set we have access to for GovHack makes up 90% of all blood cultures in Western Australia. The goal of this project is to map out the incidence of bloodstream infections in Western Australia and regional breakdowns using the blood culture data and ABS statistics.

Agricultura

Team Name: 
Totally Original

Our application is an investigation into statistics relating to the Australian agricultural industry. Using extensive datasets acquired from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we have created an online app that allows users to explore data trends relating to annual agricultural turnouts. The statistics we explored were specifically, industry turnovers, industry value and employment numbers in Australian regions heavily dependent on agriculture. Our application allows for users to explore these agricultural trends down to an SA2 level, that is, a regional level.