I’m very flattered to have received 2 nominations for the ‘Best Mashup (so far)’ category for this years Mix and Mash contest.
The contest runs between August and September and challenges developers and artists to create innovative work using open New Zealand data and content.
As a prequel to the main event, there is a vote open for the best mash up so far, for projects created before the contest period.
Darfield quake timeline
This is a little mashup page I made after the September 4th earthquake in Christchurch. It uses the data from Geonet, the New Zealand geophysical information network, and the Timemap.js library to display the initial aftershock sequence from this earthquake as an interactive timeline.
The most interesting thing about this simple project for me is that I was contacted by Geonet and asked for permission to use the code on their own site, and it’s now present in the Canterbury quakes section of their site.
This is a great demonstration of the benefits of open data and open source in combination. Geonet provide open access to their quake data, allowing developers to create interesting and useful tools around that data. By making my code available as open source software, Geonet were free to incorporate it into their site. This kind of ‘round trip’ is what makes open data such a powerful concept.
My second nomination is for my Christchurch Metro Android app, which uses real time data from the Metroinfo system to display arrival times, route maps and other information for the local bus service.
This was a ‘scratch an itch’ project for me, to provide a solid Android application for the Christchurch Metro, and also an opportunity to try out Android development. This project is also free and open source software.