Melbourne Science Hackfest

The ongoing series of Govhack events has demonstrated the value of bringing together data technologists and developers to innovate over open data aggregations. ANDS and its partners are seeking to learn from this experience and build on its success by sourcing (mostly science) data from CSIRO and a number of NCRIS data holders.

We are pleased to announce ANDS, CSIRO, NeCTAR, TERN, ALA, AURIN, RDS, AuScope, IMOS and University of Melbourne have joined forces to put on a weekend Hackfest in Lab 14, Carlton Connect, University of Melbourne (700 Swanston Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053). “CCI”

Fri, 4 March, 7pm - 10pm.

Sat, 5 March, 9.30am - 10pm

Sun, 6 March, 9.30-4pm

Melbourne Science Hackfest aims to:

  • Foster connections/interactions between data consumers and NCRIS, CSIRO data providers
  • Promote data synthesis activities across different domains
  • Encourage the development of innovative data products or knowledge systems that may be useful to the wider public
  • Demonstrate the innovative value of CSIRO and NCRIS data
  • Further Australia's ability to respond to our grand challenges, especially using data of national significance

A selection of datasets & ideas

AURIN Portal
datasets and portals AURIN is a national e-research infrastructure that empowers urban researchers, planners and policy makers to transform Australia’s urban settlements for the better.
Human impacts on Australian Biodiversity
Getting to know scientific data
ideas A lot of the science datasets can feel a bit intimidating because they sometimes require a lot of specialist knowledge to interpret, and it can be difficult to know how to interrogate them correctly.
Sentinel HotSpot Data
Landsat 5 and 7 Imagery
CSIRO Science Image
aus and datasets CSIRO Science Image provides a curated set of over 4000 photographs from the CSIRO archives, covering the full breadth of Australian science. These images are free to download and use under a Creative Commons License (as they have been on this site!).
Geoscience Australia Data and Publications
datasets and portals Geoscience Australia has an extensive catalogue of data, publications, online tools, maps and videos. These cover topics from astronomy, earth observation and satellite imagery, energy, geographic information, hazards, marine and costal, minerals, positioning and navigation and water.
CSIRO Data Access Portal
datasets and portals The CSIRO Data Access Portal provides access to data published by CSIRO across a range of disciplines. It gives access to CC-BY and CSIRO Data License datasets with a diverse range of subjects including pulsars to viruses, ontologies to genomics, seabed sediments to solar radiation
Water Observations from Space
Atlas of Living Australia
aus, datasets, and portals The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it available and usable online.
AODN Ocean Data Portal
aus, portals, and datasets The AODN Ocean Data Portal is the primary access point for search, discovery, access and download of data collected by the Australian marine community.
Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
aus, datasets, and portals The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) connects ecosystem scientists and enables them to collect, contribute, store, share and integrate data across disciplines. Collectively this increases the capacity of the Australian ecosystem science community to advance science and contribute to effective management and sustainable use of our ecosystems.
Landcare Research
nz, datasets, and portals Landcare Research’s core purpose is to drive innovation in the management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources. The conduct science across land resources, defining land biota, managing biodiversity, invasive weeds and pests, measuring biodiversity change and supporting trade. The Landcare data page has a bunch of links to New Zealand-based datasets relating to land and ecological resources.
An interactive geological map in Minecraft for Raspberry Pi
GNS Science data
nz and datasets GNS Science, Te Pü Ao, is New Zealand’s leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services. Their purpose is to understand natural Earth system processes and resources, and to translate these into economic, environmental and social benefits.
National Instutite of Water and Atmospheric Research
nz and datasets NIWA, Taihoro Nukurangi, is NZ’s Crown Research Institute covering water and atmospheric research, conducting research in aquaculture, atmosphere, climate, coasts and oceans, fisheries, natural hazards. They also run NZ’s active oceanographic research vessels.
AuScope Portal
datasets and portals The AuScope portal contains a variety of Australia-wide geospatial and geoscientific datasets from the CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, the state Geological Surveys and several Australian universities.