Favourite Mashups

Ausgrid service area

Ausgrid Electricity usage map. This mashup calls itself  “Neighbourhood works map” which I think is a bit misleading because it sounds like planned work. In fact it is statistics of works executed, electricity use, solar electricity output, street lights fixed etc by suburb. See blog for more.

But what is so special is that all the raw data is available so if people like me want to do more with it they can. Imagine if AGL published the gas consumption and Integral Energy (who serve the west of Sydney) published theirs, we could have a full picture for the whole of Sydney.What a powerful mashup that would be.


San Francisco Crimespotting is an interactive map of crimes in San Francisco and a tool for understanding crime in cities.

If you hear sirens in your neighborhood, you should know why. Crimespotting makes this possible with interactive maps and RSS feeds of crimes in areas that you care about.

New South Wales Election Night: A quick look around the web found just one mashup with NSW election results.  Perhaps there are more but Google isn’t finding them, which just shows how important it is to pay attention to keywords and get your mashup live ahead of the event so the google spider has time to find it. More on my blog

This one is colour coding the electorates as results come in and gives a thumbnail description of the demographics of each electorate. Rather than a textual description it would be oh-so-feasible to include census graphics from the ABS but this was still very helpful to complement the radio or TV broadcasts as it shows at a glance where these electorates are. The only map to be seen on the ABC is a black NSW state outline with a dot for the electorate in question which doesn’t exactly help you understand where Marrickville is in relation to other Sydney electorates.

Live London tube mapA  brilliant ‘live’ tube map with trains zipping along shows what you can do when you get open access to official data. It uses a new London Transport API and the  creators say they knocked it together within hours. However, the API was closed down for a few months due to overwhelming demand but it is  up again now – best viewed late at night Australian time (if you view it at 9am you won’t see much activity). The app is described in a good article from the Sunday Observer entitled“What a bright spark can do with open data  and the tools to use it”

You can also  watch a video.This just goes to show what a huge pent up demand there is for spatial information. There was constructive discussion from developers on how to improve the efficiency of the feed and guidelines for users so they didn’t inundate it with unneccessary requests.

Tankers and tugs in Rotterdam - real time

More Real Time Tracking of Ships and Planes. Thanks to Martin Schweitzer for these. http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais tracks vessels all around the world and gives you details of each one and its route. I worked on a Vessel Management system for the Port of Rotterdam in the 1980s so this took me back. Click on the pic for  a closer look.

A similar one for planes is http://www.flightradar24.com/ performance can be a bit slow but this also shows what plane is where.

Mashups in business – ad hoc mapping at Energy Australia Here a power outage is clearly outlined for the media.

Many of the mashups below were from appmystate in Victoria. A Complete list of entries and winners are on the premier of Victorias website.


A super-slick website explains this android mobile app which reminds you to do something depending on where you are (for example, you are near the railway station, do you need to drop into the supermarket to get vegetables?).  Voted most popular in the people’s choice.


Helps you make informed decisions about how to get from A to B. It compares alternatives not just by time and distance but also financial cost, carbon emissions and health benefits ( calories burned). Currently a website. Mobile apps being developed.  Use it for your daily commute or one-off trips.

Dunny Directories

Everyone needs to know where public toilets are. Android app Watch a video.


Shows you the water storage levels in Victoria. It has a water saving quiz and a shower timer that turns on and off automatically when the iphone microphone hears you turn the shower on and off. Estimates water used, comparing water saving and regular show heads. Find out just how much that daily 8 minute shower is costing you over a whole year. Not available to the public yet.

Which bin?

Another clever iphone app. This one reads the barcode on a container that you want to recycle, looks it up in a database and works out which local council area you are in. Then it tells you whether you can recycle it.  Youtube video explains how it all works.

myMarkets Vic

Victorians love to know what is going on in their area. A tool for market goers of all sorts. Find out where, when, rate them or individual stallholders, upload your photos.

Report problems without knowing who they need to go to

Its Buggered Mate!

One of my favourites from the national mashupAustralia competition  was it’s buggered mate to tell your local council what is buggered in your neighbourhood. Find your location on the map, then scribble on it, and leave notes about what is wrong. A great idea that could be extended to utilities or any other infrastructure owner. There is a similar website in the UK that is already up and running called fixmystreet.

In the spirit of reusing and “standing on the shoulders of giants”,  itsbuggeredmate uses another mashup to work out what local council area you are in. Geo2gov is a Spatial Engine Creators Adam Kennedy and Jeffrey Candiloro’s saw that most hackers were spending an inordinate amount of their time dealing with locating, downloading, cleaning, formatting and otherwise overcoming problems getting access to the data they wanted to use in their application before they even got to start building   Over 36 hour hackfest in the Canberra Govhack fest, most of mashups created in last 10 hours.

Suburb Matchmaker

was another mashup australia entry and winner of a student prize. The idea is to help citizens in NSW find the best suburb according to preferences in a number of factors such as more families with children, with no children, more single people, predominant religion etc. I like it because it mashes up a whole host of data from census to crime statistics on maps or a dashboard and the creators were very forthcoming in their analysis of data issues.

Great ideas

If you had the vision but not the data or the technical expertise to create a mashup, you could submit your idea for  a weekly prize in the Victorian Competition.  Here are some…

Share my ride Car pooling meets web 2.0. Post your interests, musical tastes, rate a driver.

My stop sucks Rate your local public transport stop

Pic & Mix Vic Data An educational game to show school children the value of spatial information

Park & Ride Where can you put your bicycle safely if you want to combine cycling and public transport

Employ me Job search with location/public transport/parking info.