Key Project:

The Big Data Map

Lots of useful information that is easy to make sense of.

  • progress:

Scheduled to commence development in 2018

A key and clarifying insight gleaned from the Tour is that we don’t lack information, we only lack a means by which to make sense of it all. While the term ‘Big Data’ tends to invoke a sense of high-tech mystery, the reality is that gathering, aggregating and visualising data is technically quite easy to do, but to do it well requires a co-ordinated, collective, collaborative and cross-sector approach.


A map-based planning platform or tool that draws correlation between green space and other related map data, such as health indicators, heat island data, commerce, community cohesiveness, walking paths, biodiversity and so on.

The tool overlays all the information in a way that creates a visually appealing planning and proof tool in regard to the benefits of green space.


We leverage our networks to identify and evaluate existing tools in order to determine what data is already available. This will also give an indication of the viability of developing a new platform versus upgrading an existing tool. We will collaborate with our partners to define the brief for the requirements and functionality of this platform, as well as to locate funding to help make it happen.


  1. Helps identify where more green space is most needed.
  2. Correlates canopy cover and plants with environmental, social, crime and health rates.
  3. Helps make the business case for green space and open space planning and aids decision-making.


"The Big Data Map has the capacity to transform the way citizens engage and interpret the impact of green space in relation to city performance. By integrating and cross-referencing various data sets, such as health statistics with the proximity of green space, or live local climate feeds with urban canopy cover, we will be able to transform the city from a static built form into a living and breathing entity with which we actively interact. Elements of this already exist through tools such as Kinesis’s CCAP City,t which utilises a range of data sets including resources, transport and affordability data to measure and report on city performance. All that is required now is the additional funding and the political will from our local city authorities to take this tool to the next stage of development that will bring this information to life. In doing so we have the opportunity to transform the role of the citizens from bystanders to active participants in the performance and ongoing monitoring of their city."

Bruce Taper, Director, Kinesis, NSW.

"I think the value of the Big Data proposal would be enhanced if it could provide cost benefit analysis over changing climate conditions, which could enable better species selection and maintenance planning. This inclusion of local scale climate projections data, such as that available from the AdaptNSW website, would help to achieve this."

Suzanne Dunford, Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW.

"In response to the Big Data Map I would love to see web-based software like this one used by San Francisco []. It would be so useful for us. We are considering joining this one but are unsure how tailored this would be to Australia. It is mostly used in the US."

Millie Wells, City of Whitehorse, VIC.


Glenn Williams, Treenet Inc, SA. Paul Osmond, University of New South Wales, NSW. Hamish Mitchell, Speciality Trees, VIC. Nano Langheim, University of Melbourne, VIC. Helen Papathanasiou, Parra City Council, NSW. John Rayner, University of Melbourne, VIC. Anna Foley, National Trust, VIC. Sheryn Pitaman, GI Project, Botanic Gardens, SA. Merlyn Kuchel, GI Project, Botanic Gardens, SA. Jean-Paul Van De Hulst, Hume City Council, VIC. Ella Gauci-Seddon, Outlines LA, Landscape Architecture, VIC. Greg Priest, JBA, QLD. Steve MacDonald, RLOSAC, QLD. Emily Rigby, Cedarhill, QLD. Sharolyn Anderson, University of South Australia, SA. Brigid Adams, DEPI, VIC. Pierre Quesnel, UDLA, WA. Robert Prince, NGIA, QLD. Grant Dalwood, NGISA, SA. Lisa Kuiri, University of Queensland, QLD. Millie Wells, Whitehorse City Council, VIC. Jason Summers, Hume City Council, VIC. Apanie, Wood, SEQ Catchments, QLD. Simon, El-Integral Transformation, SA. Mathew Daniel, Tree Preservation Australia, VIC. Jen Guice, Penrith Council, NSW. Deb Langridge, Nature Play Western Australia, WA. Kim Markwell, E2DesignLab, QLD. Clint Betts, STA Organisations, WA. Mara Bun, Green Cross Australia, QLD. Paul Barber, Arbor Carbon, WA. Erin Harrison, EMRC, WA. Rob Didcoe, DSR, WA. Paula Hooper, University of Western Australia, WA. Esther Ngang, NGIWA, WA. Anthony Kimpton, University Queensland, QLD Brett Skyring, Panther Consultant Planners, QLD. Vic Bijl, City of Belmont, WA. Alex Ward, DEWNR, SA. Daniel Crowle, University of Queensland, QLD. Natasha Davies, Sustainable Focus, SA. Louise Orr, SEQ Catchments, QLD. Kylie Legge, Place Partners, NSW. Marina Grassecker – Harvest Seeds & Native Plants, NSW. Billy Royal, Ku-ring-gai Council, NSW. Robert Prince, NGIA, NSW. Glenn Williams, Treenet, SA. Jean-Paul van der Hulst, Hume, VIC. Joanne Smith, PLA, WA. Jasmine Smitt, PLA WA, WA. Jeanne Smith, PLA WA, WA. Anthony Kimpton, University of Queensland, QLD. Suze Dunford, OEH, NSW. Benjamin Gresham, Mosman Council, NSW.