We publish our data with an open licence to help others discover and share the history and stories of Toowong Cemetery.
Friends of Toowong Cemetery have published data, including:
- an index to individual stories we've written about in our Toowong Cemetery stories.
- a list of headstones moved from Paddington Cemetery to Toowong Cemetery in the 1910's
- a list of headstones lost from Paddington Cemetery in the 1930's, some which have been rediscovered in Toowong Cemetery
- a list of information signs installed beside memorials and graves of notable people in Toowong Cemetery
Where practical, we link to authoritative data sources, rather than duplicate data. We encourage other data owners to publish their data as easily accessible open data. Other data we would like to reuse includes:
Brisbane City Council data
- Graves and Human Remains - who is buried in which grave and associated dates
- Cemetery Location data:
- Cemetery boundary is available as open data
- Portion and Section boundaries
- Cemetery Road casements - centrelines are available as open data
- Toowong Cemetery Pedestrian Entrance off Mt Coot‑tha Road.
- Toowong Cemetery Main, Richer Street, and Frederick Street gates
- Surrounding Road casements - including roads running off the surrounding road to aid orientation
- Cemetery Building outlines - Amenities, Workshop, Office, Museum and Shelter Sheds
- Waterways - Langsville Creek and Flood risk are available as open data
- Governor Blackall and the Soldiers Memorial monument outlines
- Contour lines - are available as open data.
Our data is published as Comma Separated Value (.csv) data files.
We plan to experiment publishing our data as Linked Data to enable semantic queries and visualisations. We are considering using the following specifications:
Static Visualisations we are considering include:
- A Mobility map to provide accessibility information to cemetery visitors
- Grave locations and images
- Timelines for an individual, family, or group of related people
Dynamic visualisations we are considering include:
- A biography explorer, traversing links from Person to Events, Organisations, and other People. This would traverse Linked Data stored using the Bio ontology.
- A cemetery explorer, traversing links from Person to their Remains, Grave and Headstone. This would traverse Linked Data stored using the Graves ontology.
We are inspired by the works of others who share and create with open data, including:
- Visualising linked data from 'A biographical record of Queensland women', 1939 by the State Library of Queensland. This was our initial inspiration for exploring linked data.
- Loud Numbers and Sonic Pi. What could Toowong Cemetery sound like?
- Family Tree Timeline by MyHeritage.com
Our end goal for publishing and linking our data is to enable Friends of Toowong Cemetery and others to discover and share new stories and historical insights about Toowong Cemetery.
We encourage you to reuse our data but please follow the terms of the licence and provide attribution.
Posting of the election results on the outside of the Courier building, 1907 - State Library of Queensland. Cropped