Welcome to the new web site of SSSI, particularly our very own corner! You will notice that the SIC comission now has its own icon, a compass floating within the southern cross, which also serves as the logo for GISP-AP specialist certification.
The compass represents both the GIS and Cartographic disciplines, and serves as a guide for both technological progress and professional development. The Southern Cross represents our geographic region of Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific, while also indicating the overview of planet earth from space. Traditionally, the stars themselves were used by cartographers and surveyors to navigate and determine position.
We intend to use our new icon to highlight the unique character of our commission and to promote awareness of our events, services and certification.
A GIS Program Management workshop was held in Mackay a few weeks ago in conjunction with the North Queensland mini-conference. The workshop was well received and provided an opportunity for GIS practitioners to share their experiences of program management and how they handled budgets, business cases and client expectations within their respective organisations. All attendees commented on the fact that they had the role of introducing GIS into their company's organisational structure. Look to the events calendar to see when this workshop is scheduled to be run in your region, the plan is to link it to other planned events for your convenience.
The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) has announced a resolution to update the GIS Professional certification process. The current method of assessment is portfolio based, meaning it is based off a reading of the applicant's qualifications, resume and accomplishments. GISCI believes that the current certification process should be augmented by adding a comptency based examination. This would provide a broader assessment of an applicant's skills and knowledge and increase the percieved value of specialist certification. In order to maintain the global recognition of GISP-AP certification SSSI would be adopting the same procedures and methods, though it will take a few years to develop and implement an examination that is accessible and fair to all GIS practitioners.
Last month at the USGIF Technology Day, the GEOINT Foundation hosted a Student Science & Technology Showcase that featured award-winning projects from high school participants of the Science Fair and Technology Student Association competitions. A podcast of discussions with Joppatowne HS students Sintel Paige, Seaver Shunk, Andrea Rogers and Lavale Banks, as well as Eve Bour, their GIS Teacher, who participated in the event is available. Be sure to check this one out. It is always energizing listening to spend time with a bright group of students like these — the future of GEOINT.
The June edition of the Mapping Science Institute of Australia's eCarto newsletter is now available to SSSI members.
South Australian Region - 6th July (refer to the Events page for more details)
Tasmanian Region - 15th July (day before the Tasmanian Regional Conference, refer to the Events page for more details)
Victorian Region - 13th September (day before the Victorian Regional Conference)