mix & mash

2010 winners

Congratulations to our 2010 winners

$5,000 award for an outstanding mashup, sponsored by Microsoft

MashBlock by Cameron Prebble


Description and content sources

MashBlock (http://www.mashblock.co.nz)

MashBlock is a tool to visualise demographic data from the 2006 Census for 66 Territorial Authorities, 2000 Area Units, and over 48000 Meshblocks.

This site is built to provide fast location-based queries utilising the Google Maps Geocoder, HTML 5 Geolocation and the AddressFinder autocomplete library to allow the user to find the Meshblock, Area Unit and Territorial Authority their search falls in.

The backend site is built with Ruby on Rails and a PostgreSQL database with the PostGIS plugin. The frontend utilises the javascript libraries jQuery, Raphael and the Google Maps API to create the visualisations and user interaction.

All the data is sourced from Statistics New Zealand.

Statistics New Zealand Meshblock Dataset http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2006CensusHomePage/MeshblockDataset.aspx?tab=Download

Statistics New Zealand Digital Boundaries http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/geographic-areas/download-digital-boundaries.aspx

Judges’ comments

MashBlock is genuinely useful and compelling. One judge realised this was probably the entry he would recommend when he looked at the clock and realised that he had just spent over 30 minutes searching for various places in New Zealand. Judges are eager to see MashBlock polished and expanded, but already it’s a great way to learn more about our country.

MashBlock (http://www.mashblock.co.nz)

  • Microsoft

    $5,000 award for an outstanding mashup

    The outstanding award will go to an awesome mashup that demonstrates the value of open NZ data or content, is well designed, and is also insanely great.