Search Party

Team Name: 
GovHack Search Party

 

What is Search Party?

Search Party is a mobile application that co-ordinates the public in searching for missing persons. GPS tracking is utilized for individuals currently searching for missing persons to generate a 'heat map', which draws attention to areas that have not been recently searched. This app hopes to improve the detection of missing persons by improving the efficiency of volunteers using the app. 

How does it work?

Users will join a search party looking for an individual reported missing in their immediate area. Users can then consult the heat map to view recent search attempts for that person in the area, and use this information to better co-ordinate their search effort i.e. focus on areas that haven't been searched recently. If a missing person is found a user is prompted to call crime stoppers. 

The app uses Government data to retrieve information about missing persons and locations of interest (e.g. Stormwater drains and shelters).

 

Region: 
Team Prize Details: 
Griffith University
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
Historical Missing Persons
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
missingpersons.gov.au
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This data is used for amber alerts to notify users of long term missing people.
Dataset Name: 
Park Shelters
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Gold Coast Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight places of interest for searches.
Dataset Name: 
Missing Persons
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
ABC
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Non-Government Organisations
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
This data is used for amber alerts to notify users of missing people.
Dataset Name: 
Park Seats
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Gold Coast City Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of interest.
Dataset Name: 
State Controlled Roads Bridges - Queensland
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Queensland Government
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Queensland Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of interest.
Dataset Name: 
Drainage Pit
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Gold Coast City Council
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Local Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of interest.
Dataset Name: 
National Public Toilet Locations
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Department of Health
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of interest.
Dataset Name: 
AusHydro Spillways
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
GeoScience Australia
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of interest.
Dataset Name: 
TOPO250K Mine Areas
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
GeoScience Australia
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of interest.
Dataset Name: 
Canal Lines
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
GeoScience Australia
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of interest.
Dataset Name: 
Lakes and Reservoirs
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
GeoScience Australia
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of lakes and reservoirs.
Dataset Name: 
TOPO250K Recreational Areas
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
GeoScience Australia
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Highlight locations of interest.
Event Location: 
Gold Coast