Audio, meet Building

Project Info

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Team Members

5 members with unpublished profiles.

Project Description

Audio, Meet Building is the tourism app that tags Australia’s heritage sites with contemporary storytelling.

Walking tours add context to place. They bring it to life. Our idea is to provide a rich tourism experience that lets locals add their own personal histories to buildings they have a history with. Some buildings will be historically significant, with data sourced from heritage databases. Others will be pubs, takeaway food joints or beaches, collected via the Google Maps API.

You land in a new city and start exploring the map. The darker the tag, the more visited the place is. The app will ping you when you walk past a building with a cool history. When you follow a marker you get an explanation, a choice of audio grabs and a social media feed. Audio is categorised - so for example, young people can listen to young people’s stories. People can theme their own tourism experience.

After you’ve listened, upvote the audio you like. And add your own history. If you know it was a secret make-out spot for teens, add that in. If your Dad was there when the bikies raided the place, add that in. And share on social media.

We’re building an evolving history of place. Location data, oral histories, social media and contemporary stories. Replacing a single source of authority and passive information - with engaging multi-channel wisdom of the crowd. And a new rich source of data for tourism organisations.

In the future we hope to include other social media sites and sources such as Trove to provide greater context for each heritage site. We also plan to expand our collection of locations to include interstate sites and sites of Indigenous significance.

Data Story

We used the Heritage Council WA State Register to retrieve basic name and coordinate information about each of Western Australia's heritage listed sites. We determined the centroid of the geographic polygons associated with each site, and used this to query the Twitter API for any geotagged tweets within a kilometre. We calculated a popularity index from the number of tweets, favourites and retweets, which was used to color-code points on the map. We prototyped a web site for the user interface, and designed a layout for a mobile application. This includes buttons for users to contribute their own memories to the folk history of the site, categorise entries, and vote on stories they like. The Google Maps API is used to display markers, and descriptions are currently sourced from Wikipedia.

Evidence of Work


Team DataSets


Description of Use Retrieve descriptions of heritage sites (not fully implemented).

Data Set

Instagram API

Description of Use Retrieve Instagram posts near a particular heritage site, calculate popularity/visitation statistics to each site.

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Twitter API

Description of Use Retrieve tweets near a particular heritage site, calculate popularity/visitation statistics of each site.

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Google Maps JavaScript API

Description of Use Display locations of heritage sites on map.

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Heritage Council WA - State Register

Description of Use Retrieve information about heritage sites.

Data Set

Challenge Entries

Encouraging participation of WA youth in the broader community

This challenge is to recognise the project that encourages the participation of WA youth in the broader community

Go to Challenge | 6 teams have entered this challenge.

🌟 Sharing the unique cultural, colonial and built heritage of Fremantle/Walyalup

The City of Fremantle is known for its unique heritage and as one of the most visited destinations in WA is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to make this information available to visitors. We are looking for a technology based solution that will provide a heritage interpretation experience to help replace the existing system.

Go to Challenge | 4 teams have entered this challenge.

Why is “placemaking” important for local communities?

A strong community is created through creating a “sense of place” through engagement with the community, partnerships with businesses and industry

Go to Challenge | 4 teams have entered this challenge.

Leveraging innovation precincts to drive economic prosperity.

How might we build on interaction between businesses and research institutions in Australian innovation precincts, to boost business capability, growth, and job creation?

Go to Challenge | 23 teams have entered this challenge.

🌟 Granular Tourism Information

We struggle to find reliable visitation and expenditure figures for the tourism sector for the Mid West and for Geraldton specfically

Go to Challenge | 5 teams have entered this challenge.

Helping a social impact ‘start up’ (small organisation) to tell their story

Small and informal community/interest groups who have formed to solve local problems need data to know if their activities are making a difference and to re-design programs. How can we help these groups tell their story through data so they can seek support (political, financial, and on the ground) by showing how their programs are working, and decide where to focus next?

Go to Challenge | 23 teams have entered this challenge.

Helping Start-ups and New Small Businesses in Australia

Choose one of the following questions to address: 1. What trends in business activity can help encourage self-employment through NEIS? 2. What type of NEIS businesses are being started and are successful (participated in the full 12 months of NEIS Assistance) and what can we learn from broader industry growth areas? 3. How do we encourage self-employment through greater participation in NEIS for cohorts currently underrepresented?

Go to Challenge | 21 teams have entered this challenge.

Australia@Sea: what is our future relationship with the ocean environment?

Our oceans are vital to the world’s economy and provide services for all Australians including food security, industries, tourism, and well-being.

Go to Challenge | 17 teams have entered this challenge.

Nothing for us here!

How can we make our community feel more welcoming to young people by bringing public and private infrastructure and recreation information together in a way that is easy to use and can help everyone find the information relevant to them?

Go to Challenge | 4 teams have entered this challenge.

Australia’s Future Employment

Choose one of the following questions to address: 1. How can recent and future changes in the labour market help prepare young people for job opportunities? 2. What can we learn from case studies of regional labour markets? For example, what does rapid change in the industries or occupations within a region tell us about the needs of employers/workers in other regional labour markets

Go to Challenge | 38 teams have entered this challenge.