Your Invitation to MashUpAustralia
Today the Government 2.0 Taskforce is launching its MashupAustralia contest that we blogged about earlier here and here. To fuel your innovative mashup juices, around 59 datasets from the Australian and State and Territory Governments have been released at data.australia.gov.au on license terms and in formats that permit and enable mashup. The contest will begin accepting entries next week on 7 October 2009 and close on 6 November 2009.
You can enter as an individual or as a team. Anyone who is an Australian resident/citizen is eligible for prizes (teams must have at least one Australian resident/citizen as a member).
Over 15 Australian Government agencies have released data as diverse as Australian Federal Electoral Boundaries, Location of Centrelink Offices and World Heritage Areas in Australia. Through the Online Communications Council’s Digital Economy Group, State and Territory Governments have released datasets such as Surface Water Gauging Stations Queensland, South Australian Boat Ramp Locator and ACT – Barbecue (BBQ) Locations. There are cultural collections and plenty of quirky datasets too!
All datasets are released on license terms that permit and enable mashup (e.g., Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Attribution license) and in formats such as CSV and XML.
• $10,000 for Excellence in Mashing category
• $5,000 for Highly Commendable Mashups
• $2,500 for Notable Mashing Achievements
In addition, we are also offering some additional prizes for the following categories:
• $2,000 for the People’s Choice Mashup prize
• $2,000 for the Best Student entry
• $1,000 bonuses awarded for the data transformations
We may even award more than one prize for each category if we are overwhelmed by quality mashups.
We are thrilled to have a starting panel of expert judges including Mark Pesce, Futurist/Author/Judge of ABC’s “New Inventors”; Nathan Yergler, Creative Commons Chief Technology Officer; Abigail Thomas, Head of Strategic Development, ABC Innovation, ABC; Regina Kraayenbrink, Web Futures Strategy Team, Australian Bureau of Statistics; and Seb Chan Head of Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum (and Taskforce member).
Remember, this is a prototype in many ways for Australian governments to do this type of thing and we are looking forward to learning as we go. We welcome your feedback either through the blog or via the contest site or wherever you choose to share your views. We do hope, however, that your use of the data, your feedback and nature of community engagement will be in keeping with the spirit of the contest, namely to showcase the benefits of open access to public sector information.
In the meantime, happy mashing and we can’t wait to see what you create…