Data Action

Data Care empowers citizens, community groups, city administrators, and business to share data and generate insights to make our cities better. For example, it allows citizens to syndicate their data, and operate data cooperatives, to harness collective insights and value from shared data.

The following features of the lab may be particularly useful for groups:

Raw Data Sources

  • Google: The data associated with your Google account can be downloaded from Google Takeout in a number of formats (JSON, XML, etc.).
  • GoCard: Your GoCard data can be downloaded as a CSV file by visiting the TransLink website.

Data visualisation tools

  • Heat Map: The Location History Visualiser tool allows you to input JSON location data to create a heat map overlaid on a map.
  • Palladio: An online tool that lets you create maps, graphs, lists or galleries by inputting CSV, TAB or TSV data.
  • Gephi: A tool that can be used to create graphs and networks.
  • Timeline: Visualisation tool that can be used to create timelines from a range of media sources.

Case Study

A Brisbane cycling group was able to successfully use Data Care and its features to demonstrate the case for better bike paths in the city.

The individual members of the group first used a heat map to visualise the location data captured by their phones as they cycled around the city.

The members then shared their data with each other in a secure manner using a single-instance server where the content was hosted locally and got destroyed at the end of the session. This prevented the group’s data from being leaked outside of the session.

By collecting, aggregating and analysing their heat maps into a collective data set, the group was able to demonstrate the common network of paths that they used in the city. This allowed the group to raise safety concerns, backed by concrete data, about the development work that was happening around those paths.

Space Configuration

Workshop Configuration (Data Care Lab)