A slow, considered start to 2017

There have been a few changes happening over the past two years with the Open Knowledge Melbourne meetup. Some of the founding members have stepped back and stepped away from their roles as organisers; some of our members have stepped into organising roles. And, we have been slack in keeping up with this blog (sorry!). […]

Childcare at GovHack – how it was done

The Why When we started the Open Knowledge group that meets weekly in Melbourne our goal was to make it as accessible as possible. WIFI would be necessary or preferred. Week nights were probably the best option, sometime between 5pm and 9pm. Some people would like or need dinner, vegan and gluten free options would […]

GeoNext Hackfest launch

Tonight at Open Knowledge Melbourne we helped launch a 2 week open data hackfest leading up to the spatial conference GeoNext. The competition rewards the most innovative use of official competition APIs from Airbus Defence & Space, What 3 Words, HERE Maps, and the Victorian Government. Participants must submit a web-accessible demo by midnight on […]

Melbourne Shut Up and Hack Night

This weeks OK Melbourne Meetup saw a dozen or so attendees working on various Open Knowledge related projects, products and ideas. Matt and Ling made an enthusiastic start on collecting attributes of current datasets to gauge machine-readability and bulk accessibility as a resource for the community.  The plan is to extend this to get […]

Assessing government data accessibility and usability

One of the ideas that we at Open Knowledge Melbourne had as an activity for our weekly meetups was to set aside some time for people to browse the various Australian open data portals and assess the quality of the data sets they hold. The purpose for this being to make the community aware of […]

Melbourne does Mapping for GovHack

The amazing host of our gathering, Olga, wrote this up about last week’s meet: On Wednesday, the 20th of May, Steve and Matt gave a great workshop of open source mapping tools available to suit all of you, mapping enthusiasts’, needs. If you have some data associated with a specific geo-location(s), this workshop would be […]

Coder Grrrlz talk to us about GovHack Municipal Data

  This week’s OK Melbourne saw Ruth, Alisha and Rosie spoke to us about the data sets that are coming out of the Cities of Melbourne, Greater Geelong and Ballarat for the upcoming GovHack. There looks to be some very rich data coming out of each of the sites, with both interesting cultural and geographical […]

Open Economy – Scott Ludlam

Tonight at Open Knowledge Melbourne Greens Senator Scott Ludlam came to present Open Economy (more info), a visualisation tool for budget data. The site allows you to drill down into data from the Australian budget to see where money was spent, as well as load data from other sources (e.g. BHP, or Rio Tinto) and […]

Shut up and Hack: crowdsourcing a blogpost

In the spirit of community involvement, this report on activities at Melbourne’ Shut up and Hack on April 22 has been contributed by attendees Sarah Godwin and Ros Lau. Relative newcomer Sarah worked on Temporal Earth, mapping ANZAC troop movements So this was my 2nd OK Melbourne Meetup. First there was a short talk about […]

Meet the data owners: VicRoads

VicRoads is one of the most open-data-engaged Victorian government departments and agencies. On Wednesday night, Adrian Porteous, Evan Quick and Phil Reid came to fill us all in on open data activities happening inside VicRoads – and to listen to what the community is looking for next. Need some data? They’re all ears – try one of […]