Lead Judges' Special Award - Tong Liu
"Where were you at New Zealand sports scene in 2010? " by Tong Liu
Lead Mashup Judge Nat Torkington took a shine to this entry saying, "It's hard to make population data meaningful to an individual: numbers, and big numbers at that, are impersonal and daunting. This mashup did a terrific job of putting sports participation data into context for schoolkids. As one judge said, "a lot of thought has been put into taking the raw data and making it relevant to the target audience". It could do with some polish to the design, but the fundamental strength of making data meaningful shone through." This award is sponsored by the Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation has provided some amazing New Zealand conservation experiences for special entries that grab the attention and admiration of our Lead Judges, Helen Baxter and Nat Torkington.
Selected Judges' Comments
"...he has done a good job creating a quick statistical page targetted at students and where their exercise and sport interests fit in in New Zealand. The best message for young people and fitness is how they relate to their peers. This app makes use of previously unmashed data and gives young people a picture of where they fit."
"I like the way this makes the data come alive for the target audience. I also like the design — authentic and simple. The web needs more of that."
Tong's description of the entry:
The survey date and report from the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council are big, complicated and need to have excel to open it. I mixed and mashed those data and present them in a pretty and easy understandable way to students. People want to find others who are in a similar situation. Students will get encouraged once they visit my website. My program lets a student know: If she/he spend more or less time on exercise and sport compared to other New Zealanders. Numbers of students in New Zealand, in a same region, of the same gender in a same region, of the same gender in a same region were actively involved in sports, of the same gender in a same region were actively involved in the same sports, number of coaches and the changes of the number of participants in a same sport from 2009-2010. I visited New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council and SPARC website. Both sites don’t have user friendly event calendar. I developed an event calendar which is easy to view, add and change the events. I will give my code to New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council, SPARC or Mix & Mash. The web hosting I am using is a free one. I recorded some of the activities of my site and published on YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqz5tU7ReZQ ) just in case the free web hosting server gets very busy. Thanks!
Statistics New Zealand Time Use Survey2009-10
- Participation & Teacher Involvement in Sport by Region Students who represented their school in sport (present by region)
- Participation by Sport Nationally and Regionally Numbers participating in or coaching, managing and officiating each individual sport are presented both Nationally and by Region
- Change & Trends in Participation by Sport 2000 - 2010 A summary of the changes in participation rates of students that have represented their school in each individual sport from 2000 – 2010