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Interactive data visualisation

Problem statement

The Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) does not have a data visualisation tool for Queensland Government open data and data collected from government websites. A data visualization tool will help improve transparency and accountability by communicating with interactive visualisations such as government annual reports, procurement, funding, grants, resources etc.

Overview of the problem

Currently, it is a difficult and time consuming task for the public to access the various datasets and documents and abstract them in some schematic form for analysis.

Queensland Government agencies collect and store annual reports, procurement, funding, grants, resources in multiple systems made available to the public via multiple sources in multiple formats. Most are published on the open data portal with some accessible on agency websites.

The data is in CSV, text and PDF formats sourced from existing open data datasets. PDF format is not machine readable or easily searchable and discoverable.

This tool will give Queenslanders public access to information which would otherwise be difficult to analyse and interpret (such as how tax dollars are being spent) in a format that will enable the public to see the data in a pictorial or graphical format.

With interactive visualisation, the concept can be taken a step further by using technology to drill down into charts and graphs for more detail, interactively changing what data you see and how it’s processed.

Opportunity for applicants

The Testing Within Government (TWiG) Program aims to help Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to improve the positioning of their products for government and large enterprise markets by working collaboratively with Queensland Government on a range of problems.

Applicants are invited to propose ICT solutions to these problems, and if selected, receive funding to test their product in collaboration with Queensland Government.

Being selected as part of the program will offer the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and experience improving the potential to access broader commercial opportunities in Queensland, Australia and abroad.

At the end of the program, the applicants will have an opportunity to showcase their products and their TWiG program experience to a wide group of government representatives, which could lead to a procurement activity in Queensland Government.

Why is it important

Providing a searchable visualisation tool to access and improve the discovery of government data will:

  • allow citizens to access, analyse and assess government information
  • enable better, data-driven public policy outcomes
  • align with the Queensland Government’s commitment to ensuring transparency, accountability and integrity

Problem context

The customer

  • Queenslanders

How the problem is currently being solved

There are currently multiple static documents which are published for the public to use independently.

Technical constraints

  • Offered as a service
  • Some of the data will need to be sourced from other formats such as PDF
  • Internet accessible
  • Security of the information

Benefits sought

  • Enable the public to see analytics presented visually
  • Accessing the government data, particularly open data, a richer, more interactive experience
  • Alignment with the Queensland Government’s commitment to ensuring transparency, accountability and integrity
  • Self-service interface with the option to download raw data to allow new and innovative use of the data

Download the interactive data visualisation (PDF, 225KB) problem statement.

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Last updated
5 April, 2017

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