Illuminating the Night
The aim of this project is to look at range of data sources from Ballarat to visualise the story of life, and perceptions of safety, in our town.
Right to the Night data inspired this project, as it is rich in qualitative and quantitative data. This data was mapped and compared with other features from the City of Ballarat data sets and Vic Gov data sets. These features include skate parks, bus shelters, public toilets and graffiti, amongst others.
Through a visual story telling medium (and lots of maps) this project aims to share the story of challenges that Ballarat faces, and how even in a small area community experiences vary dramatically. By understanding the data and how it applies to individual experiences, government bodies can make wise decisions which can benefit everyone. In this case by making a city safer and more liveable at night.
The hope of this project is to visualise data in a human way which is immediately accessible, understandable and applicable in decision making and easily communicated to the community.
A number of City of Ballarat data sets and one Vic Gov dataset have been used, alongside general basemap data to create these maps and set the scene.
Quotes have come directly from the Right to the Night data.
BoM sunrise and sunset data was used to associate each safe/unsafe entry in the Right to the Night data with a day/night identifier.
Evidence of Work
Ballarat Right to the Night
Description of Use: Used to understand the nature of discomfort that people experience whilst in Ballarat at night (qualitative data) Used to pin point locations of discomfort
Ballarat Skate Parks
Description of Use: Used to see if there is a relationship between people feeling unsafe and skate parks.
Description of Use: Used to find correlation between reserve location and unsafety
Ballarat Tables and Seating
Description of Use: Used to look for correlation between tables and seating and safety
Ballarat Graffiti Defects
Description of Use: Although an old dataset, used to look for relationships between graffiti incidents and safety reports
Ballarat Public Toilets
Description of Use: Used to look for correlation between public toilet location and safety reports.
Bus Shelters in Ballarat
Description of Use: Looking for a relationship between bush shelters and safety reports
VicFreeWiFi Access Point locations
Description of Use: Looking for relationships between wifi and safety
Ballarat Public Lighting
Description of Use: Used to look for relationships between safety and lighting
Compute Sunrise, Sunset & Twilight Times
Description of Use: Used to add Day/Night attributes to the Right to the Night data
Ballarat Open Innovation Challenge
More than apps and maps: help government decide with data
Telling Stories with Data(.Vic)
Right 2 The Night