SYDNEY, Australia, June 24th 2010 – NuMaps is awarded joint first prize winner in the inaugural Apps4NSW mashup competition for their DemographicDrapesTM web application.
At an awards presentation the Minister for Science and Medical research, Jodi McKay said the aim of the Apps4NSW competition was about finding new and useful ways to deliver Government information to the public via the internet and mobile devices. “We know that more and more people are getting the information they need via mobile phones, computers and other mobile devices,” Ms McKay said. “Applications and ideas that allow people to access and compare information about their local communities were the big winners.”
The competition attracted 122 entries across three categories of best applications, best ideas and best student ideas. After much deliberation the judging panel decided to award equal first place to Brad Spencer for his DemographicDrapesTM application and the Smart Mashups team for their Suburban Trends application. “Our DemographicDrapesTM application is based on two distinct components – the browser application itself and the spatial data infrastructure published by NuMaps,” Brad Spencer said. “Anyone could have developed their own mashup application against our spatial data service and in fact we would encourage people to do this next time.”
The actual mashup is a GoogleMaps-like application; this type of application is gaining user acceptance in the broader community. The prototype application allows users to locate their map view to anywhere in Australia via a range of navigation tools. They can then select from a sample range of DemopgraphicDrapesTM based on ABS Census 2006 data to overlay and zoom into specific corners of suburbs to analyse different demographic themes such as age, housing, marriage, religion, gender and heritage population distributions. The user can also upload their own eXcel spreadsheet data and superimpose on top of the demographics such as monthly sales figures, etc. “This really does provide the remote web user with an affordable analysis tool that both allows them to conveniently access publicly published demographics as well as integrate their own more private data sets.” Spencer said.
NuMaps is very supportive of these Government initiatives as they show how Government data can be used in different creative ways to magnify its value but also showcase the huge potential of the growing mashup programming community. This award was welcomed by NuMaps as recognition for its hard work and passion for the sharing of geo-spatial data via the Internet. NuMaps publishes the ABS Census data for its clients to use in their own environments or alternatively they can use these mashup applications. NuMaps can develop custom applications for anyone wishing to reap the benefits of this technology but who don’t want to invest in GIS technology and skills.
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For more information please contact:
Brad Spencer (NuMaps)
Tel.: +61 (0)2 9481 7024
Web Site: http://www.numaps.com.au