Ok, well I'd obviously be interested, and at this stage that weekend is
For those not in the loop, the basic idea of this project is as follows:
* The Australian Bureau of Statistics publishes raw time series data of all
kinds in excel files that get updated every month/quarter/year.
* They have a reasonably consistent data format, so can be dealt with using
* Wikipedia can make use of graphs (e.g. I've put a few test samples in
* I estimate that plotting every time series they publish will amount to
50-200k files in about 50-100 script-assigned broad subject categories
I have an idea for how to make more specific categorization easy for the
* In the first instance the script will only plot one time series on each
graph, although I realize that comparisons would be a useful addition.
* Reasonable starting descriptions and wiki markup also need to be script
Here's the best example of where I'm up to. This file and description was
generated amongst a batch of 2727 files relating to the population
statistics of Australia and the states by age. Did you know about the baby
boom in NSW? Here's proof - the population of age 0 boys in NSW over the
last 30 years:
(let me know of ways the graph or description could be better presented)
If ABS stuff is nearly ready to go by the time of GovHack, I'm sure we
could also get some good stuff out of applying this to the data that the
Bureau of Meteorology are bringing to the table.
On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM, John Vandenberg <jay...@gmail.com> wrote:
> At the Sydney meetup we talked about Toby (99of9)'s use of ABS data to
> visual economic factors.
> Maybe we could submit that, or something similar, to be in the running
> for the prize. Winning would be great exposure.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Pia Waugh <gre...@pipka.org>
> Date: Tue, May 8, 2012 at 7:18 AM
> Subject: [Linux-aus] FYI: GovHack 2012 - Over $30, 000 worth of prize
> money :)
> To: LA List <linux-...@lists.linux.org.au>
> Hi all,
> Thought this might be of interest to some people. I'm one of the
> Should be fun ;) Hope to see a bunch of you involved! Open government and
> open data ftw.
> *GovHack 2012 - June 1-3, Canberra & Sydney*
> GovHack is inviting teams of programmers and designers to invent new and
> better ways of delivering government data to Australians and will be
> rewarding the best apps, data mash-ups, and data visualisations with a
> share of $30,000 in prize money.
> The event is being held in Canberra and Sydney from 1st - 3rd June and will
> challenge teams to answer the question and develop solutions for 'how can
> government data be better used to benefit Australians?'
> GovHack is being organised by volunteers froom the Gov 2.0 community,
> Rewired State and the eGovernment Technology Cluster, and is supported by
> organisations including Adobe, MailChimp, Palantir, Google, NICTA, Cisco
> some of the biggest data holders in the Australian Government are providing
> prize money and data, including the National Archives of Australia, the
> Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), and the Bureau
> of Meteorology.
> You can register to participate, review the competition rules, or see an
> outline of the data to be made available on the GovHack site (
> Prize categories will be announced at the event 's opening on Friday 1st
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