Project Info

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Team Name


Team Members

Thomas Duffy , Alicia , Michael , Waseem Waheed , Rachel J Mah , Austin

Project Description

We developed Wandertrust, a system to encourage and improve access to public spaces. This is proof of concept at the moment, with initial data aggregation and processing, and a placeholder app and website.

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Data Story

When used well, good public spaces are able to build a sense of community, improve health and wellbeing, and provide safe meeting areas in a post-COVID area. How can we improve public spaces and encourage people to use them?

We propose an integrated system to take open data on public spaces, enrich it with constant feedback from users of public spaces, and present this data to users and providers of the public spaces. Users will have an app to receive personalised public space recommendations based upon their preferences and provide actionable insights back to providers (councils & governments) based upon what can be improved about each public space.

Providers can use this feedback to assess how public spaces are being used, how to improve existing public spaces, and how to provide new public spaces to answer unmet requirements.

Public spaces are identified by QR codes. Accessing this code without the app will lead to the website, where feedback can be provided and the app can be downloaded. Using the app to scan the QR code will lead to the same feedback interface.

The user can search for public spaces through the app, with a list of criteria applied to the search. Some example searches are: parks with playgrounds, sports facilities currently available, or accessible spaces with shaded seating.

Users will also be able to build an anonymous or pseudonymous public profile through the app, with possible gamification based on incentives.

For users who do not use the app nor the QR codes, we suggest feedback kiosks in key amenities for quick and easy feedback. Data from the kiosk is wirelessly sent back to the app backend. The kiosks would present a substantially simplified, robust interface to withstand outdoor weather conditions.

Evidence of Work



Team DataSets

NSW Car Park API

Description of Use Quantify car park occupancy near public spaces.

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Melbourne Pedestrian Data

Description of Use Real-time mobility data (can be used to quantify occupancy rates in public spaces)

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Twitter API v2

Description of Use Use the API to retrieve tweets in locations of interest (within the proximity of public spaces) to understand sentiment associated with their usage.

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Strava API

Description of Use Used for feature engineering for exercise friendly flag

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NSW Public Spaces location GIS layers

Description of Use Use in map view and database of public spaces of interest, highlight underutilised spaces or locations under development and seek community feedback for it

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NSW Government Property Index

Description of Use Potential use for database of public spaces, search is based on address not lat/long so use Google API to conduct geocoding with the addresses as input. Feed through address to a function which outputs a pair of latitude/longitude co-ordinates.

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NSW Public Spaces Streets as Shared Spaces Engagement Report

Description of Use Reference for development of user stories

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NSW Public Spaces Charter Report

Description of Use Use definitions and framework in story

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NSW Great Public Spaces Toolkit

Description of Use Use metrics in survey/recommendation engine

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NSW Points of Interest (POI)

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NSW Office of Local Government Time Series datasets

Description of Use Ranking different councils based on the number of public spaces

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NSW Health HealthStats - Physical Activity Levels data

Description of Use Limited

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NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research Crime Statistics data

Description of Use "Use the ranking dataset (link - here) as a proxy for safety. PK: LGA - rankings by various crimes (separate rankings partitioned by tabs) for 2018-2020 for NSW LGAs. Crime types (separate tab for each): - Assault - domestic violence - Assault - non-domestic violence - Sexual offences - Robbery - Break and enter dwelling - Break and enter non-dwelling - Motor vehicle theft - 5 more Idea: Take the mean / median rank score across all crimes (note this assumes crimes are of equal severity score but for simplicity's sake this would suffice)"

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Census of Population and Housing: Mesh Block Counts

Description of Use Compare geographical regions to determine proximity and/or accesibility to public spaces Ability to determine socioeconomic environment of an area.

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National Recovery and Resilience Agency disaster-related datasets

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NSW e-Planning Dataset

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Challenge Entries

Hack for a Circular Economy

In order to build a more sustainable community, how might we redesign, rethink, repair and repurpose spaces, places, materials, and digital infrastructure, systems and policies within cities in order to progress social, natural and economic development?

Go to Challenge | 14 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.

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.

BETTER Public Spaces

How do we help ensure everyone feels welcome and safe in public spaces (day and night) regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or identity?

Go to Challenge | 14 teams have entered this challenge.

ACTIVATED Public Spaces

What makes a public space vibrant, walkable, and encourages people to dwell longer at different times of the day or night, and throughout the year?

Go to Challenge | 17 teams have entered this challenge.