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Thursday, December 13, 2012

GeoNext 2013 - Why Where Matters

27th February 2013, Australian Technology Park, Sydney
Be informed, be inspired, be connected.

I'm really proud to be once again associated with this great event.
Join me and the extended Geo Community at GeoNext – a conference on location-based technology & business. GeoNext is aimed at all practitioners of location-based technology. The audience will comprise experts from the fields of GIS, mapping, mobility, software development and business – anyone with an interest in the next evolution of geo and the opportunities it brings.

Highlights this year include:

  • A keynote from VISA on the future of Digital wallets and their impact on location-based marketing
  • The State of Cartography - a gallery of interesting, quirky and plain beautiful maps
  • A showcase of Geo Startups, demonstrating their cool new things and pitching to the crowd

For just $350 + GST join the conversation with leading developers, businesses and entrepreneurs, and learn about the future of location technology, data sharing, the latest location start-ups and much more.

Click here for the complete program or here to register to attend

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Major Policy Breakthroughs Announced at Spatial@Gov 2012

The first day of this year’s Spatial@Gov conference saw two major government policy announcements: the establishment of a National Foundation Spatial Data Framework, and the imminent whole-of-government licence of PSMA’s Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF).

The National Foundation Spatial Data Framework defines the ten data themes that form the authoritative geographic data layers that underpin other data and decision making. The policy recognises these as so critical that government will focus its energy and resources on ensuring its authoritative, reliable supply.

The whole-of-government G-NAF licence means that individual departments no longer need to separately get a G-NAF licence, saving a lot of money and greatly extending its potential utilisation. It is my hope that this could extend beyond government as well.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Rise and Fall of Bushfire Connect

This week, Bushfire Connect closed up shop, after more than two years collecting and sharing Australian bushfire information and alerts with local communities.

The official statement is here. In this post, I’m sharing some personal views and experiences.

Monday, May 14, 2012

SDI in the CRC-SI: Also-ran or Opportunity?

Sample of the parallel discussion in the Twittersphere
At last week’s annual conference of the CRC for Spatial Information, we saw the (re-) launch of its “Spatial Data Infrastructures” (SDI) research agenda, which generated vibrant (online) discussions. Though this CRC has been operating for more than 2 years now, its Spatial Infrastructures program has been a bit of a wasteland. In part due to the lack of a dedicated Science Director, the program has to date failed to formulate any vision, nor a credible agenda, and delivered disappointingly little.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Inaugural GeoNext conference an outstanding success

“Refreshing content and a great window into the future”; “…great to see people from outside the 'traditional' industry”.

These are just two of the many accolades received from attendees of the inaugural GeoNext conference, held on Wednesday 29 February 2012, at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

Unless you’ve been living under some massive rock, you would have noticed that in the first decade of the 21st century, the business of location intelligence has been moving well beyond the traditional domains of surveying, remote sensing and spatial analysis. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Funding available for GIS skills training

If you are an Australian SME in the spatial information business, you may be eligible for up subsidies of up to 75% of the costs of staff training.

The Spatial Information Business Association (SIBA) is coordinating submissions to the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF). Though primarily aimed at SIBA member organisations, this opportunity is open to non-members as well.

There is a very short deadline though - firms need to register their interest by Monday 13 February 2012!

The details are set out in an email (below) from SIBA board member George Havakis.

Good luck!

Friday, February 3, 2012

GeoNext – Why ‘Where’ Matters

I am proud and pretty pumped to be on the advisory committee for the first ‘GeoNext’ conference, to be held in Sydney on 29 February.

As I’ve written before, what I’ve been missing in Australia/NZ is an event that bridges the gap between the ‘traditional’ geo-community (read: surveyors and spatial analysts) and the neo-geographers: the (young) upstarts who’ve discovered new and wonderful things to do with location, such a location-based marketing, web 2.0 and gaming.