Geo Message (Mar 2011)

Inside SSSI

The diversity of the Spatial Industry can be a strength, though it can also mean that individuals prefer to just stick with their discipline or crowd. On Wednesday the 16th of March I was torn between two events and one MSIA NSW Meeting. I started at ISNSW, giving a talk on information management, spatial data and its distribution in the NSW RFS. Then listened to a colleague, Graeme Douglas, who was the key speaker of the twilight talks. Graeme gave a talk on accreditation rules for bushfire consultants. From ISNSW HQ I went on to see the end of the first Georabble event. Georabble was organised by a group of spatial enthusiasts, un-associated with any professional organisation, the sold out event was well received by all.  It was a great networking event and I was able to catch up with a number of people. 

Announced at Georabble was the NSW Government's CS2i Program Office, event 'whereNSW camp', which will be held on 4 June 2011, from 10am - 4pm at the UNSW Campus in O'Connell St, Sydney City. Further details area available below.

There are various other methods for members and the general public to provide input and feedback into the NSW Location Intelligence Strategy such as the website, twitter, and various forums, including a "WhereNSW bar camp".  See the attached flyer.

Warwick Hehir

On behalf of the NSW Region Committee.
Please note that my views and opinions expressed above do not necessarily reflect those of SSSI NSW Region.





NSW Library Map Section Tour

On Tuesday 22nd March, a visit was arranged for SSSI members and friends to the Map Section of the State Library.

We were hosted by Maggie Patton, Head of the Map Section and Elise Edmonds. Maggie showed how to search catalogues and archives for historic maps, and explained their role in the Library. We then were able to view some historic maps of Sydney, NSW and Australia including the first complete maps of Australia - Freycinet's 1811 atlas and Matthew Flinders 1814 publication. We also viewed some very old maps of the world - the detail and artwork on some of the 17th century maps was truly amazing. We got a glimpse into some long forgotten transport proposals for Sydney, as well as colourful sales posters for real estate developments of the late 1800's and early 1900's. A fascinating step back in time for all who attended.

The event was organised by Shona Chisholm, Young Professionals Rep. For those who missed out, we can arrange a similar visit later in the year - contact if you are interested.


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