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  • South Australia preparing for GDA2020 implementation

    To bring Australia’s coordinates in line with those from global satellite positioning systems, Australia will soon be changing to a new official national datum called the Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 or GDA2020.

    Preparations by the South Australian Government are in full swing, with work being done to transition systems and processes to support GDA and the associated Map Grid, MGA 2020.

    It is anticipated that South Australian Government geospatial datasets will be available in GDA2020 in the first quarter of 2019.

    Stay tuned for 2019 when a list of agencies delivering GDA2020 data becomes available.

    It is anticipated that GDA94 datasets will continue to be available for 12 months after the delivery of GDA2020.

    To learn more about GDA2020 visit the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) website.

  • Celebrating the best of GovHack SA

    On Wednesday 10 October 2018, the GovHack South Australia (SA) State Awards celebrated the best entries in this year’s open data hackathon.
    The event was opened by Gail Fairlamb, Director of the Office for Digital Government, who also announced the winners of the awards sponsored by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC). The awards encouraged the use of open data to find creative ways to improve the lives of South Australians.
    Congratulations to this year’s winners of the DPC GovHack awards:

    More Jobs – Empowering South Australia
    Xtra Jobs by XTRA

    XTRA used a variety of data sets to develop an app. Xtra Jobs contains tools for individuals to assess their skills relating to desired career paths and identify training needs. The results can be used by both job seekers and recruiters to help improve employment opportunities in SA.

    Lower Costs – Improving the Lives of South Australians
    This concept takes the form of an interactive, self-serve kiosk that is hosted in libraries. The kiosk acts as a promotional database of activities and services in the local area that anyone can access and make use of. The team was also aware that not everyone has access to internet at home, which can lead to feelings of isolation and mental health can suffer as a result. With that in mind, they feel the higher connectedness would benefit both businesses and citizens. 
    Better Services – Citizens at the Centre
    Through the creation of a game that helps users to remember their bushfire plan, Ready Aim Fire also taps into the social media world to keep family and friends up to date but also alerts them of bushfire events. It provides the user with useful tips throughout the game to help reduce the threat of bushfire damage to homes, while also pointing out last resort refuges in their area. 
    Honourable Mention
  • Hackathon sparks new ideas for community

    Mount Gambier Library was a flurry of activity from 7-9 September as it once again hosted one of South Australia’s GovHack competitions.

    GovHack, the annual open data hackathon, brings together creative minds at various locations around Australia. Competitors of all skill levels use open data to pitch innovative solutions to everyday problems faced by Australians, often in the form of a phone app. 

    This year, the Mount Gambier Library attracted 45 participants who formed 11 teams. The teams submitted 12 completed project videos, contributing to one third of South Australian GovHack entries. ​

    The entries included Connected, a kiosk app designed for members of the community to access within their local library. The library is designed to boost mental health and wellbeing by making them feel more connected to local services and encouraging greater participation in community activities. 

    ​When asked about GovHack, the youth node team said they "appreciate the time and commitment by volunteers, mentors, leaders and helpers" and that it is a "great opportunity to express ideas". The adult node team also recommended the competition for young competitors, saying that it is a "great experience to prepare for the future". 

    Ms Terasa Nearmy, Library Youth Services Coordinator, was delighted with the response to the competition.

    "Statistics from show that, when compared to population density, Mount Gambier boasted the greatest number of hackers - it's a great achievement."

    For more information, visit the GovHack website.

  • GovHack announces SA events for 2018

    GovHack, the national Open Data competition will be held from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September 2018.

    This year South Australia will host the competition at the Torrens University of Australia, Mount Gambier Library and Campbelltown Library.  

    Mount Gambier Library, having had State and National winning teams in previous years, will once again host a competition for youths and adults.

    The Campbelltown Library will join the competition for the first time and be host to youth and adult competitors.

    In preparation for the competition weekend, ICT and Digital Government is working with agencies to refresh and release new datasets on Data.SA

    To get involved in the competition as a mentor, sponsor or competitor, visit the GovHack website.

  • South Australia plans to implement GDA2020

    The South Australian Government is planning to implement GDA2020 as the operational datum for South Australia.

    Australia’s location-based datasets currently align to the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94).  GDA94 is a system that allows locations on the earth’s surface to be identified through reference points and coordinates.  The datum is based on Australia’s tectonic plates which are moving 7cm per year in a north-easterly direction.  To ensure satellite positioning and smart device technology is accurate, Australia will be moving to the new official national datum GDA2020. 

    Whilst SA Government GDA2020 implementation plans are still in development, it is expected that some datasets will be GDA2020 enabled by the end of 2018.  More information will be made available as we complete testing of our systems and databases.

    The change not only affects the spatial sector, such as surveyors, but applies to all users of location-based data.  Industries that use location-based data may need to transition their own systems and processes to support GDA2020 data. 

    To learn more about GDA2020 visit the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) website.

  • Crime Statistics at Suburb Level

    If you have ever wondered how many break-ins happened in your suburb last month, you can now find out with just one click.

    SAPOL have released an online crime mapping tool and 5 years of suburb based crime data.

    See our Apps and Ideas for more information

  • Dob in a Litterer

    The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) launched the Dob in a Litterer App on 1 February 2017. Find out how many reports, fines and warning letters have been issued since the Apps release.

    Learn more about the App and access the dataset.

  • GovHack State Director appointed

    The State Director for GovHack in SA for 2017 is Hasan Tanvir Anjum.

    Hasan is a local entrepreneur and the Founder / Managing Director of A&H Digital Solutions, an Adelaide-based technology start-up. He is a qualified software engineer with 16 years of IT industry experience. He has worked with SA Government and the United Nations.

    Hasan loves working on programs and projects that genuinely create “value” and improve the lives of fellow human beings. He competed in GovHack 2016 and won the GovHack Spirit Prize at the Adelaide Venue.

    Hasan will be leading the State Operations team for South Australia. Contact Hasan for advice about competition sponsorship and hosting events in 2017.

    The SA Government Ambassador for GovHack 2017 is Alex Keay, who works in the Office for Customer, ICT and Digital Transformation. Alex held the role of GovHack State Manager in 2016 and was co-lead of the inaugural D3 Digital Challenges pilot. Alex is keen to promote the value of open data in South Australia, and encourage government to partner with established and aspiring local entrepreneurs to solve real world problems.

    Contact Alex to learn more about GovHack in SA Government sponsorship opportunities and how your agency can take part in the 2017 competition by linking open data to

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  • Top Ten Most Burgled Areas

    SBS Hindi have used the Attorney General's Department, Crime Mapper 2009-2013 data to compile the Top 10 home burglary hotspots in each major city of Australia. Visit Apps & Ideas for the full story.