Ballarat hackers gain national recognition

A Ballarat GovHack team has received praise for its work at this year's edition.

A Ballarat GovHack team has received praise for its work at this year's edition.

A plan to revamp the Royal Commission into Family Violence website has seen Ballarat hackers gain national recognition.

Brett Jeffreson, Asher Leslie, Lewis Lakerink, Luoxi Pan, Jesmigel Cantos and James Lewis designed a much improved version of the website in just two days as part of the annual GovHack competition in Australia and New Zealand.

Success: Lewis Lakerink, Brett Jeffreson (hidden), Asher Leslie, James Lewis, Luoxi Pan, and Jesmigel Cantos. Picture: contributed

Success: Lewis Lakerink, Brett Jeffreson (hidden), Asher Leslie, James Lewis, Luoxi Pan, and Jesmigel Cantos. Picture: contributed

The theoretical upgrade would see the submissions section, comprising of more than 25,000 pdf pages, fitted with a new keyword search to allow for easier access to cases, as opposed to the current title only search.

The adjustment would allow people to see specific themes in the 828 submissions and meant the hackers were able to create a geographical map to pinpoint where submissions came from based on text analysis.

Criminal Statistics Data Agency tables documenting the reported instances of family violence were were also included in the map. The national awards will be held on October 22 in Adelaide.