21 March, 2018

Data disruption: how to communicate better with maps

Data is changing the way we tackle problems. Crowdsourced data, open data and the proliferation of tools that can consume it has changed our expectations of what is analysable and useful in a business context. We no longer expect just the big players to have access to sophisticated tools and techniques.

NGIS and ALYKA ran an event on March 16 with the theme of data disruption. We discussed how the world is changing with all the data sources available to us and how we can use them to add value to our operations.

The event featured talks from ALYKA’s Digital Strategist Beth Caniglia and NGIS’ Principal Consultant Oliver Looker.

NGIS’ Oliver Looker showed off some of the best data visualisations on maps globally and explained how businesses in Australia are changing the way they do business using maps.

Oliver focussed on the three of our case studies: REIWA.com, Queensland Transport and Main Roads and Murdoch University.


Property website REIWA.com use a number of data sources - some of them open, some proprietary and some paid - to create a rich search experience for buyers. During the search for what is one of the biggest purchases most people make, a house, you need to consult a number of bodies to find out information about land titles, risk profiles, nearby points of interest and so on. The REIWA map combines all this information into an easy to use interface giving the user all the information they need to make an offer with confidence.

Read the full case study here.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR)

Network operations personnel are charged with detecting incidents quickly and removing them as swiftly as possible. Every minute the road network is congested, there is a negative impact on the economy. Using Google’s crowd sourced data for the average travel time along predefined links in Queensland, TMR gets a dynamic list of all the roads that have a higher than average travel time, which alerts them to incidents that need response. Their simple travel time dashboard gives them the fastest information feed to detect incidents across the road network.

Read the full case study here.

Murdoch University

At the start of semester thousands of newcomers flood the Murdoch University campus looking for their lectures and tutorials. Last year was even more difficult than normal because the university had changed their building naming convention, making navigation for even familiar campus visitors difficult. Murdoch built a custom routable network of their campus that could be used for navigation through a phone or desktop.

Free maps starter kit

As part of the event, NGIS produced a free mapping starter kit designed to introduce people to the idea of making maps for themselves. The kit contains some sample problems to work through along with the data sets, mapping tools and instructions to solve them.

To receive a mapping starter kit, email our team  and we will send you out the link. 

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