Requesting new data
New data requests
When you use the DTV platform you will have access to thousands of local, state and national geospatial datasets representing Victoria.
With so much data, there’s a huge range of use cases. We want to hear new data ideas that would enhance your experience and deliver greater value to your work.
You can make a new data suggestion using the ‘Give Feedback’ button on the bottom-right corner of the DTV platform screen. This will send your enquiry to our team.
The datasets in the DTV platform come from multiple sources and different owners. This is because the platform is using a distributed data model. This means some datasets are available to be freely downloaded through the DTV platform, while others need to be requested to download from the owner of the data.
There are 2 ways to find the owner to request data:
- Click the ‘About Data’ button in the workbench or data catalogue to learn more about the dataset and where the data comes from.
- Check the ‘Contact details’ in the dataset metadata. The data custodian will be identified in the metadata with email contact details so you can request the dataset from the source.
If you have any questions about requesting data, please use the ‘Give Feedback’ button on the bottom-right corner of the DTV Platform screen. This will send your enquiry to our team.
If you are interested in contributing data to Victoria’s digital twin, we would love to hear from you. Each additional dataset enriches the spatial visualisation experience for users.
The easiest way to contribute your data to the DTV platform is to publish your data through the Victorian Open Data portal - data.vic.gov.au
By publishing your spatial data here, DTV will automatically link to your data and display in our map.
To find out how to do this, contact your organisational geospatial team to help publish your data.
You can make contact with the DTV Platform team via the ‘Give Feedback’ button on the bottom right of the DTV Platform screen.
Please note that the DTV Platform does not store the data. Instead, it refers on the user request to the data services of the data contributors in alignment with the platform’s distributed data model.
This will result in the requested data being presented overlaid on a map.
Agencies providing data directly must make the data available via an online server, using a standard protocol coupled with appropriate metadata to be shared via the platform.
The DTV Platform does not store your data. Instead, it connects to your data service via the platform.
However, if you require a hosting solution for larger datasets, such as 3D digital assets like LIDAR or BIM, we can help on a case-by-case basis.
The DTV Platform uses data federation and a distributed data model. When you access data in the platform, you are typically accessing the data directly from its owner, or data custodian.
The distributed data model means that many datasets are added, changed or removed based on the connection to the custodian’s datasets.
Over time, different data may be available for visualisation and access to you, and datasets show the most recent dataset once the custodian makes an update.
One of the benefits of this approach is that newly added datasets can be harvested from key data platforms such as the Victorian Open Data Platform data.vic.gov.au, as well as the national-level equivalent data.gov.au
GDA2020 in Digital Twin Victoria
The DTV Platform is designed to be used with data in the GDA2020 projection. GDA2020 is the most current and accurate reference system, ensuring your data is aligned to our terrain.
The DTV Platform connects you with data from a variety of sources in our community.
As a result, some shared data has been produced with different methods and different projections, at different times. Due to this you may see alignment differences of 1m to 2m when comparing datasets.
To learn more about GDA2020 and what it means for your data, please visit DELWP’s Geocentric Datum of Australia information pages.
Data in the Catalogue
The datasets in the DTV catalogue are sourced from Commonwealth Governments Departments and Agencies, State, Territory and Local Governments, research institutions, commercial partners and other organisations.
Details about each data custodian and their contact details can be found in the catalogue, usually under the 'Data Custodian' or 'Description' sections of the metadata accessible via the 'About Data' link.
The DTV platform currently consists of a range of predefined base maps offering different coverage areas, currency and visualisation benefits. These are detailed below:
Much of Victoria is covered by terrain data that is sourced from the State of Victoria (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).
Both geocoders are available, with the results from the VicMap Address service at the top.
The Bing Maps service does not have any jurisdictional limits, so can be used to move beyond the state borders.
Some parts of the Digital Twin Victoria platform rely upon third party APIs. These APIs include:
As this is an evolving platform, this list may not be up-to-date despite our best efforts.
If you think an API should be attributed here, please let us know by using the ‘Give Feedback’ button on the bottom-right corner of the DTV Platform screen. This will send your enquiry to our team.
Effective as of 11th August 2022.
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