at civica we like mashups, and some of our staff here have played around with google maps and spydus data to produce interesting visual results.
library hack was a mashup competition run by National, State and Territory libraries of Australia and New Zealand (NLSA), the aim to encourage entrants to creatively reuse library data and other digital content.
participating state libraries held libraryhack events earlier this year to encourage this creative thinking, and i happened to be at the WA state library the day it was holding theirs (it was pure coincidence, I needed a place with wifi to hang out in before meeting the family for yum cha nearby). so for an hour or so until i was summoned I experimented with yahoo pipes and RSS feeds, which was something that i had been on my do to list for years.
the hackfest people have just announced the winners of this competition, and the results are all very impressive. you can read and watch videos of the full list of winners on the libraryhack site, but just quickly my two favourites are:
Talking maps: this was the major prize winner and very worthy. it is a walking tour of the West End in Brisbane that combines photos and audio recordings from numerous datasets.
Reflection on time: the major prize in the photography category. a urban street scene from the past mashed with that of the present.
in summary, have data can hack.