Data in the City Visualisation Challenge
Singapore will be 50 years old next year. Many members of the older generation still remember how Singapore used to be a small city ringed by kampongs, with limited resources and opportunities – very far removed from the booming and bustling metropolis we see today.
The “Data in the City” Data Visualisation Challenge invites the public to celebrate SG50 by telling the Singapore Story using data and visualise how we live, work and play in Singapore. It is an excellent opportunity to commemorate the country’s amazing progress and celebrate the best that is yet to come.
There is so much to share, so many perspectives. We want everybody to celebrate their own Singapore Story through innovative use of data visualisation. Which story will you choose to tell?
|21 August 2014: Event Launch
|2 September 2014: Storytelling Workshop
|4 September 2014: Data and Tools Workshop
|9 September 2014: Tech and Design Workshop
|6 October 2014: Submissions Close
|31 October 2014: Finals
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In celebration of:
A Liveable and Sustainable City
Singapore has developed housing schemes that provides good quality and affordable homes, while managing population growth. We have also become a clean and green ‘garden city’, long before “climate change” came into the lexicon.
The Pioneer Generation, a First-World Economy
In the 1960s, Singapore was a developing country with poor infrastructure and limited capital. National industrialisation programmes began with labour-intensive manufacturing industries attracting foreign capital and MNCs, but today it has seen a shift to high-tech and digital-based industries.
A Healthy and Active Nation
Increasing wealth and knowledge have provided Singaporeans with much healthier lives whether through disease prevention and treatment or adoption of active pursuits to prevent diseases. The launch of the Singapore Sports Hub seeks to increase the number of active Singaporeans.
The Global Hub and Gateway City
Singapore is the hub for ships from all around the world, with over 1,000 ships in the Singapore waters every day. We also welcome tourists and business travellers flying in from all over the world, visiting Singapore’s many attractions or participating in world-leading events.
SG50 represents the celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, an appreciation for the little red dot that we have come to know as home. It is about celebrating the Singaporean spirit, which says that our dreams are not limited by the physical size of our island nation. For more information, please visit www.singapore50.sg.
The “Data in the City” Data Visualisation Challenge invites the public to celebrate SG50 by telling the Singapore Story using data and visualise how we live, work and play in Singapore.
This is the first such visualisation challenge in Singapore using government data. All submissions must use at least one dataset that has originated from government (not necessarily required to be taken from data.gov.sg).
We encourage you to mash up government datasets with private sector ones. Be innovative. The dataset you want to use may not exist in an organised format today, but you can collect data from disparate sources and use them to tell your Singapore Story.
Data.gov.sg is the first-stop portal to search and access publicly available data published by the Singapore Government. Launched in June 2011, data.gov.sg brings together more than 8,000 datasets from over 60 government ministries and agencies. Besides government data and metadata, data.gov.sg also offers a listing of applications developed using government data, as well as a resource page for developers.
Onemap.sg is an integrated map system for government agencies to deliver location-based services and information. To date, OneMap.sg has more than 90 layers of thematic information, 40 services and a host of useful, creative and value-added services. Find locations using intelligent search, get driving directions, public transport routing, obtain comprehensive information contributed by government agencies and explore the maps in OneMap.sg today!
Useful LinksHow to Use These Links
In this section, you will find a list of free online resources on data visualisation. They are meant to be a mini-orientation to the process of visualising data. The first section, “Tips and Tricks for Data Visualisation”, provides a list of video tutorials and tools you can use to create your visualisation. Under “Data Visualisation Collections”, you will find links to online galleries of user-uploaded data visualisations. Lastly, “Examples of Interesting Data Visualisation Projects” will take you to smart and insightful data visualisation projects that will hopefully inspire you to create something similarly awesome for the Challenge.
Remember, “The purpose of visualisation is insight, not pictures.” (Ben Schneiderman).
Tips and Tricks for Data Visualisation
Data Visualisation Collections
Examples of Interesting Data Visualisation Projects
Here is a list of our Tech Partners for the Challenge
Check out the winning presentations below!
The visualisation represents a literal Singapore Story unfolding and changing through the decades, as told by the headline news. A corpus of Straits Times headlines from 1955 to 2009 has been collected, via the digitized news archive NewspaperSG that is maintained by the National Library Board. After filtering, the top 50 most common words found […]
This project aims to look at the Singapore education story and how it has evolved over the years. The visualisation includes a timeline of major educational events and changes that have occurred since 1823 when the first formal education institution in Singapore was established. We also display interactive graphs showcasing some education metrics and a […]
This interactive 3D Map Visualization celebrates Singapore’s favourite past-time: eating! It shows the availability of local dishes in various areas in Singapore. There is also a tongue-in-cheek feature also allows users to calculate how long it will take to eat all the yummy hawker food in Singapore (We estimate it will take one Singaporean 160 […]