Posted: 24/10/2012 Filed under: Blog | Tags: drinks, GeoRabble, Sydney, Xmass
“What Geo-Gift I want Santa to bring me this year”
Join us for GeoRabble Christmas Drinks on Thursday 6 December, at the Occidental Hotel in Sydney. (5:30 for a 6PM start, please RSVP so we can plan catering)
Co-hosts for the evening are the NSW Government 2.0 Community of Practice, and with them, we are proud to introduce our first ever international speaker Julian Carver from New Zealand, who will talk on: “A City to Rebuild – how spatial data sharing is supporting the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery”.
Julian is one of New Zealand’s most respected OpenGov and Opendata specialists. In 2011, Julian worked with the Data and Information Reuse Secretariat to design the Open and Transparent Government Declaration. He is a spokesperson to government for Open NZ (an organisation representing the open data community) and has chaired conferences including Open Government (June 2010), Smart Government (March 2011), and Web Oriented Government (October 2011).
From April 2011 – June 2012 Julian led the establishment of information services at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), as acting Chief Information Officer. He then went on to lead GIS, data, and digital communications for the Christchurch Central Development Unit, for the launch of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.
Other than Julian’s, there will be no formal presentations this time. Instead we will have an open mike, and invite Rabblers to talk for 2 minutes about what Geo-Gift they’d like Santa to bring them this year. Other than that, it will be the usual mix of celebrating all things geo, networking and having a good time!
And in another GeoRabble first, we have a parallel event run the same evening by our friends from GeoRabble Perth
As usual, this is a free event, including free pizza (courtesy of OMNILINK). Places are limited, so do register here, or join our MeetUp Group to avoid missing out!
Sponsored by Omnilink
Posted: 11/07/2012 Filed under: Blog, Events, Perth | Tags: drinks, GeoRabble, Panel, Perth
Having had a strong showing at the last Perth Georabble, the middle of the year calls another night out for GeoBeer, GeoTalks, GeoDiscussion and GeoRabble.
With a good shortlist of speakers, and a discussion panel on the use of data warming up in the wings, the venue organised, now is the time to get your tickets.
GeoRabble Perth #3
Wednesday July 25
Doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.15pm
Trappist on King
Cnr King & Murray Sts Perth
Perth, Western Australia 6000
This time in a very special GeoRabble first, we’re going to use half the night in an open panel discussion. What are we talking about? The amount of effort versus return? Poor quality data in, can only result in bad decisions? Or can we create silk purses from hogs ears? Perfection in information is a matter of definition as rubbish data can still be perfect for specific situations, depending how it is used and what it is used for.
Help us and the panel put fact before fiction – perhaps!
Posted: 20/03/2012 Filed under: Brisbane, Events | Tags: 'web design", 3D, art, Brisbane, design, drinks, Events, GeoRabble, mobile, Speakers
We’re lining up the awesome speakers for GeoRabble Brisbane #1 (5.30 pm Tuesday April 17th at the Pig N Whistle! Order your free tickets )
GeoRabble Welcome from Stewart Hay, OneSphere
Dr Ben Guy, UrbanCircus 3D
Damon Oehlman, Sidelab
Simon Elvery, Web Developer, Left, Right & Centre
Megan Cope, Artist
Dr Ben Guy - Insights into virtual 3d planning
Dr Ben Guy, founder of Brisbane-based infrastructure visualisation company Urban Circus 3D, has demonstrated the power of 3D visuals to express the narrative of design and data in a clear and compelling manner, to expidites process and “sell the story”. Ben is an urbanist and environmental psychologist who has worked in the design industry for over 10 years. Ben’s doctorate is from the UK in place-based urbanism and regenerative planning.
” The problem with planning and managing precincts – from projects to places like cities – can be the fundamental difficulty in common understanding of what everyone is talking about quickly and easily. This is the cause of so many misunderstandings, errors, reworks, redesigns, disappointments, anxieties and construction errors! One of the main reasons is the limitations is using words and line drawings to describe an organic, complex spatial world. When we change that by using tools to help people understand through seeing projects and results move thrice as fast.”
Megan Cope - Maps, aboriginal art & place names
Megan Cope’s work
explores notions of environment, identity, geomorphology and mapping; decolonizing methodologies and toponymy are a primary aspect of her practice. A descendant from the Quandamooka region (North Stradbroke Island) in South East QLD, Megan is a member of proppaNOW
, the Queensland collective of urban Aboriginal Artists who are making waves in Australia and internationally with their intelligent brash art. Megan has exhibited her works at Australian Embassy in Washington DC, the Koori Heritage Trust in Melbourne, City Gallery in Wellington NZ, Cairns regional art gallery and the 2009 ARC Biennial in Brisbane.
Megan will take us to an unusual place, melding cartography, toponomy, aboriginal art & place names.
“Toponyms – Place names are an important aspect of culture and identity as they provide location where history, events, landscapes and people are remembered, celebrated and continued. The use of language and basic cartographic symbology reveal a multilayered fluid landscape with dual histories & dual identities.
Simon Elvery - Web Developer, Left, Right & Centre
The use of personal geographic data on the social web has excited Simon since the day he discovered he could geotag his photos on Flickr. Entranced by the possibilities exposed by attaching geographic data to online content, Simon strapped a GPS to himself for a year (see more at “All the places I go” ). He provides a fun, different look at the idea of geospatial and a window into the Brisbane Web Design community.
Damon founded a company called Sidelab
which offers solutions and services in the area of location based web applications. Damon is a very well known and vocal member of the Brisbane open source and mobile web development community. He has a number of very interesting projects and is a very engaging speaker. He adds a passion and experience for mobile web applications and experience in diverse communities.