February 16, 2011

more geo-socialising

Posted by josediacono @ 9:05 am under Uncategorized

have you heard of GeoRabble (http://georabble.org) yet?

GeoRabble is an open and inclusive forum for GeoGeeks to share, inspire and have fun. The first GeoRabble evening will be held on Wednesday 16 March 2011, in Sydney.

Come join us at the Occidental Hotel for an evening of geo-fun and networking, where you will hear about Crowdsourcing the Queensland Floods, Geo-Interactions with Mr. Men, and anything to do with GeoTech, GeoDev, GeoBusiness, GeoTrends, and GeoFutures!

It’s free, but you’ll need to register at http://georabble.eventbrite.com/

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November 26, 2010

Spatial speed networking with free beer

Posted by josediacono @ 10:40 am under Uncategorized

I went to a spatial speed networking evening last night in Sydney (my daughter reckons it was speed dating but the ratio of males to females wouldn’t have worked too well!). It was very enjoyable. About 30 people in a private bar area in the CBD 6-8pm, we sat 3-4 at a table for 7 minutes and introduced ourselves and chatted, then a bell rang and we all swapped. After about 5 swaps we just mingled and ate finger food. Met interesting people from surveying (it was co-hosted by BOSSI the Board of Surveying and Spatial information http://www.bossi.nsw.gov.au/ and SSSI but you didn’t have to be affiliated to any association to attend), utilities, students, consulting engineers, developers, people looking for jobs and Wendy Chapman (former publisher of Position) who is back in town after a long holiday. It was a chance to ask people how they use (or don’t use) social media for my upcoming article in Position magazine.

It was free and a nice opportunity to see all christmas lights in Martin Place. I hope we will have more. Thanks to Heidi Brown for organising it.

October 11, 2010

spatial@gov and social media

Posted by josediacono @ 9:30 pm under Uncategorized

Having urged the organisers to enable ongoing discussion and collaboration in the spirit of government 2.0 I offered my services to assist – followed up with Ben Searle today. Ben will look into slideshare for sharing presentations – this would allow discussion and comment on specific presentations. Maurits v/d Vlugt and I have uploaded ours already – has anyone else? (Search slideshare for spatial@gov). Ben is also looking at what sort of forum/wiki his current platform with support so watch this space. Maurits was blogging very eloquently last week so until we have a general forum do comment on our blogs.

spatial@gov snippets

Posted by josediacono @ 8:46 pm under Uncategorized

Peter Kinne and I share maps on the touchy feely Surface

Back on deck after a huge week at what must have been the largest national spatial conference ever held in Australia (FIG was bigger but that was international).  The government 2.0 sessions threw up some very interesting papers. Check out Maurits vd Vlugt’s presentation and blog I got some very positive feedback on Mashup Competitions and Data Portals, especially from those who found it refreshingly untechnical.  Memorable things for me were playing with the Microsoft Surface  on the Geomatic Technologies stand, Neat Streets (a production equivalent of itsbuggeredmate)  and Colin McDonald, the head of Land information New Zealand on the aftermath of the New Zealand earthquake (3 metre land shifts in all directions).

While in past years, we have bemoaned the fact that “outsiders” didn’t understand the power of spatial, they are now throwing down the gauntlet, telling us clearly what they want.

Outsiders are starting to throw down the gauntlet to the spatial industry

Michael Haines of Westgate Ports wants a Virtual Australia, starting with the Port of Melbourne (shades of James Bangay and his SIM city model of the power network). Barry Sandison of Centrelink has phenomenal amounts of data that his staff only use a tiny part of. He said  “Tell me something I didn’t know” rather than confirming what policy advisers and case workers already know. Sounds like the serendipity of mashups to me. “Data snobs” are inhibiting the flow of information.

January 17, 2010

Most popular government datasets

Posted by josediacono @ 8:36 pm under Uncategorized

During the recent mashups australia competition the most visited datasets on the data.australia.gov.au site were

  1. Location of Centrelink Offices (http://data.australia.gov.au/80)
  2. National Public Toilet Map (http://data.australia.gov.au/610)
  3. Australian Federal Electoral Boundaries (http://data.australia.gov.au/27)
  4. NSW Rural Fire Service – Current Incidents (http://data.australia.gov.au/575)
  5. Frog Atlas – SA (http://data.australia.gov.au/570)
  6. NSW Crime Data (http://data.australia.gov.au/365)
  7. NSW Rural Fire Service – Major Updates (http://data.australia.gov.au/573)
  8. Mildenhall photographs of early Canberra (http://data.australia.gov.au/77)
  9. ACT – Barbecue (BBQ) Locations (http://data.australia.gov.au/18)
  10. Location of Medicare offices (http://data.australia.gov.au/66)
November 3, 2009

coastal council forum

Posted by josediacono @ 10:10 pm under Uncategorized

I just got this from Ross Johnson. All grist to the Raising the Profile mill.

Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) & Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) GIS Forum:

Sydney’s Integrated Spatial Future

Wednesday, 9 December 2009, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Customs House, The Barnet Long Room

31 Alfred St, Circular Quay, Sydney

A ‘wall of mystery’, can exist between information required, formats, data sets and databases when communicating graphical and spatial data across departments and organisations.

“Bringing Managers and Spatial Professionals Together”, aims at creating dialogue and understanding, to demystify this ‘wall’ and assist the advancement of this valuable information source.

October 4, 2009

SSSI conference

Posted by josediacono @ 8:52 pm under Uncategorized

At the Surveying and spatial Sciences conference in Adelaide last week we had a fascinating plenary session in which we were addressed by three people with their roots outside the spatial industry. The Governor General of South Australia, His excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, OGC representative and lawyer Kevin Pomfret and Andrew Campbell who heads up a sustainability consultancy.  All three presentations shared a common theme that we need to look outside our narrow spatial field and engage with the wide world

September 4, 2009


Posted by josediacono @ 3:53 pm under Uncategorized

I’ve been looking around the Gartner website. You can register and access some excellent free reports (and others you have to buy), written in business language with practical examples. (my big bugbear).  Once you have created an account just use the search capability. They do some excellent work on asset management in utilities. The reports don’t necessarily stay up for long so visit the site regularly.

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August 30, 2009

Gita Workshop

Posted by admin @ 7:01 pm under Uncategorized

Tomorrow I am heading down to Melbourne to lead a workshop on spatial data sharing for 3d underground city modelling.

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