City of Melbourne and open data

Did you know that the City of Melbourne makes up 37% of the Greater Melbourne economy, 27% of the Victorian economy and 6% of the national equivalent? What about the fact that there are 438,793 jobs in the City of Melbourne? Or that in 1990 the median unit price in the City of Melbourne was $148,000?

These are all statistics now extremely easy to access in one place with the release of the City of Melbourne Economic Profile on Geografia.

As stated on their about page, Geografia were established in 2005 and is "a specialist social and economic planning, and spatial analysis consultancy" whose approach "combines rigorous statistical methods with on-the-ground research and consultation".

It's pleasing to see this kind of initiative being taken by the City of Melbourne to represent their economic profile in a simple, easy-to-use platform. No-one likes trawling through notoriously hard to find datasets on the ABS website and likewise the inclusion of private sector data - in this case Savills' commercial property prices - rounds the platform out nicely in providing users with a more-than-a-summary snapshot of the City of Melbourne.

Economic snapshot, image: Geografia

What's more, the user-friendly platforms don't stop there. As we previously reported, the City of Melbourne has built a front end to display its raw data from the municipality's Open Data Platform.

Some favourites from the Melbourne Open Data platform:

Happy data mining!

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