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07 June 2013 - ABS award winners announced.


Proud Gold sponsor, the ABS, celebrates a successful GovHack 2013
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the National Statistical Service are proud to announce the ABS award winners for the categories of Data Journalism and Open Government. The ABS was a proud Gold sponsor GovHack 2013, which was held in 8 locations around Australia bringing together over 1,000 people to work on public government data.

    Over forty high quality entries were developed and submitted for the ABS awards over the weekend from 31 May to 2 June and it has been a challenge to review so many innovative entries. It was exciting to see so many creative applications of ABS data. Open data was presented by data visualisations, mash ups and pooled with other official datasets to present engaging applications and tell statistical stories for the Australian community.

    The ABS offers our congratulations to the winners, the event organisers, all participants, and other sponsors for this highly successful event.

ABS GovHack Award Winners
    The ABS sponsored two award categories; Open Government and Data Journalism, to encourage and promote the use of ABS.Stat datasets.

      • The winner of the Data Journalism award (Innovative use of ABS.Stat) 3M3 Team.

        Crochead project -Used the ABS.Stat SDMX web services and produced an application. This applications allows users to go in and profile areas using a categorisation produced from National Regional Profile Data.

        Best efforts go to:
        - Blackhawke team

          OpenDataWeb project put in a huge effort to understand and use ABS.Stat SDMX web services for this project. The feedback from Black Hawke on experiences using and understanding SDMX will assist the ABS in providing suitable web services for application developers into the future.

          Criteria:

          - All entries must be open source, meaning the code produced during the competition is available for anyone to use

          - Must use the ABS.Stat datasets web service to ensure always accessing the most up to date data in any applications

          - Present ABS.Stat statistics in an innovative, informative and creative way.

          - Make statistics engaging for viewers

          - Applications should encourage users to interact in some way with the data such as select the area they are interest in or select some dimensions of the data of interest




        • The winner of the Open Government award (Innovative pooling of ABS.Stat machine readable datasets with at least one other non-ABS dataset) Atomic 51 team.

          Australia in Review (Air) project - This project provided a comprehensive view of Australia's history combining a number of data sets and presentation style of data. The project contained a 'slider' which allowed users to easily view points on our history.

          Best efforts go to:
          - Baubl Apps team
          Our History project - was an innovative application using both photographs and data with a hover box on the graphs to analyse changes through time. This application has good potential as an educational tool.

          - Neville and the Death Ducks

            Deathmatch project - this was an engaging, innovative use of Causes of Death data. It is likely to engage younger users and encourage them to explore this data set.

          Criteria:

          - All entries must be open source, meaning the code produced during the competition is available for anyone to use.

          - Must use the ABS.Stat datasets web service to ensure always accessing the most up to date data in any applications

          - Present statistics in an innovative, informative and creative way.

          - Make statistics engaging for viewers

          - ABS datasets to be used are available in ABS.Stat and the application must include and at least one other non-ABS dataset.



        • Each winning entry will receive a $1,000 prize


      More information on GovHack:

      What is GovHack?
      GovHack is an event that draws together people from government, industry, academia and of course, the general public to mashup, reuse, and remix government data. GovHack is about finding new ways to do great things and encouraging open government and open data.

      Who can enter?

      GovHack was open to everyone and anyone. From data vis, designers and UX’ers through to web developers and hard core application developers.

      What's in it for you?

      GovHack provides an opportunity to get exposure to new ideas from different perspectives about technologies and approaches you never get to experiment with in your day to day job or at university. This is an opportunity test run those ideas you’ve had, but never had the chance to partner up with someone or the dedicated time with experts around you to make the idea a reality.

      You will also be in the running for prize money and grants for the best work undertaken with government data across a number of major and minor categories. See the awards section following.

      Further information on GovHack, please visit the GovHack website.


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