Project Info

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Team Name

The Frog Council

Team Members

Vesper , Tanith , Phoebe , Zoƫ , Juliana

Project Description

Our green urban spaces are important - let's make the most of them

Over the COVID-19 situation, and the imminent risk that Climate Change poses to Australia, the impact of public and natural places on the quality life has become evident. Associating benefits such as mental health, temperatures control and activation, green spaces are now highly relevant to urban planning. The appropriate planning and maintenance of those spaces is pivotal to integrate them successfully with the natural environment and the city areas around them.

By using a suite of best-practice and innovative environmental health indicators, including frog sightings, biodiversity metrics, AQI, and water pollution which are obtained from both traditional as well as leading technologies such as microsensors (IoT), automatic frog identification through audio-based machine learning and other technologies; we can significantly improve the quality of urban planning and maintenance - especially for long-term environmental sustainability support and the residents' desire to live in green areas.

Frogly is an interactive map to track the environmental health of areas in the city, and support development of green spaces by providing climate, social and environmental insights over an area of interest. Our project has been supported by frog sightings added by the New South Wales community, along with further integration with other physical and social datasets. This community-driven data initiative minimizes the maintenance of the system, and increases the engagement of the community with the spaces, while still providing good quality data to work from.

Frogly - Informing the public spaces of tomorrow


#spatial #environment #climate #biodiversity #ecology #planning #urban design

Data Story

We started by importing our frog census and sightings datasets into GIS software. Using the Sydney land zoning data, we looked at the frogs in green urban areas. Finally, we generated a heatmap of frog density in each space to create a contoured "Environmental Health Index" layer.

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The front-end is written in React with Leaflet as a map library to display the layer we created.

Evidence of Work



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Team DataSets

Great Public Spaces Toolkit

Description of Use This toolkit informed our use of data and helped us to better understand how we could streamline the development process.

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Melbourne Water Frog Census Records

Description of Use We used this dataset in combination with the FrogID dataset to prove our concept.

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Environmental Planning Instrument - Land Zoning

Description of Use Used to determine the locations of green spaces in Sydney.

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FrogID Dataset 2.0

Description of Use We used geolocated frog sightings as a bioindicator for environmental health.

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ABS Data API (Beta)

Description of Use Used for various statistics around the activation of green spaces based on population.

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Challenge Entries

MORE Public Spaces

How do we unlock underutilised government owned land and property to create new, high quality public space?

Go to Challenge | 9 teams have entered this challenge.


How do we build confidence in the community to use public spaces to support economic, social, cultural and environmental recovery, whether in response to Covid-19, or other disasters such as recent bushfires and floods?

Go to Challenge | 12 teams have entered this challenge.

IoT insights for better regional agribusiness at scale

How might we harness open data and IoT insights in near-real-time to enable local agribusiness and farms in our regions be more productive and sustainable at scale? How can we share private IoT data and regional open data for an overall more productive and sustainable agribusiness?

Go to Challenge | 13 teams have entered this challenge.

Create a solution to a customer need using the ABS Data API

We are excited to provide innovators with machine to machine access to ABS Data and see what exciting customer solutions can be created. Here is a chance to draw in ABS Data and answer an important question through visualisation, mapping or even blending with other data sources. Create a solution to a customer need using data drawn from the ABS Data API.

Go to Challenge | 20 teams have entered this challenge.