GeoRabble Melbourne #5 Speakers Announced

We are pleased to announce the following GeoRabblers who have volunteered their time to share their fantastic GeoStories at GeoRabble Melbourne #5.

If you haven’t registered yet to listen to these fantastic speakers and the opportunity to network with your fellow GeoRabblers then do so now at

Photo Scott Manley

Scott Manley – Making GIS Mobile

Scott will discuss some of the challenges around building a mobile GIS Apps. Some of the challenges he will share include; offline basemaps, offline overlays/features, performance and battery use.

Scott has been designing and building enterprise IT solutions for almost 20 years. With a recent focus on mobility, Scott is currently interested in the problem of creating usable and effective mobile geospatial solutions (spoiler, its not easy). Scott is a senior consultant with Geoplex.

Photo Nathan Quadros

Nathan Quadros – Working on your own sucks

Who likes working on their own? Not Nathan. Identifying problems involves talking to people… communicating. It is a great feeling to present a concept, obtain support from stakeholders and to produce results. Seeing the smile on people’s faces when they see outcomes, and the impact, makes a project worthwhile. I am demonstrating a collaborative project approach through examples of my work at the CRC for Spatial Information. This includes an eclectic mix  based on research communications, project work in the Pacific Islands and LiDAR quality assurance. It will end with a couple of ideas to stimulate discussion.

Nathan has spent his career focussing on problems. He has been heard saying, “If there were no problems why wouldn’t we just get robots?” From 2008 until 2011 Nathan was solving the Victorian Government’s problems, even setting up the keenly awaited Victorian Government’s office in Bangkok. More recently, Peter Woodgate (CEO, CRC for Spatial Information) came to him and said, “Can you solve my problems?” Naturally he was up for the challenge, and been at the CRCSI ever since

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Stewart Hay – Are your online maps really reaching everyone?

Online maps are increasingly being used for presenting extensive amounts of information to the public. But are online map accessible to everyone? Stewart will take a look at how online mapping solutions fail to consider people with accessibility difficulties, why this is important and what can be done about it.

Stewart is the Principal Consultant for OneSphere and likes to help organisations get the best out of their GIS investment. His experience encompasses a range of industries from Environmental Management and Utilities to Emergency Services and all tiers of Government. During his free time he helps organise the Melbourne and Sydney GeoRabbles.

Phot Craig Molyneux

Craig Molyneux – Data to Design

Much of the spatial data we use today is designed for a single purpose – for use in creating print maps, display in a web GIS or recording specific details of a feature. With the development of multi-scale tile-based maps and there use in mobile devices, oftentimes this data requires major editing or addition of feature classes to make it fit for purpose. This presentation will look at the way he has been designing data to create stunning cartography multi-scale tile sets for mobile devices and web systems.

Craig has over 27 years’ experience designing and producing high quality cartographic products for some of Australia’s major publishers, including Hema Maps, Australian Geographic, Hardie Grant and Universal Publishers. His recent work includes the Jacaranda Atlas 7th and 8th editions, as well as the Jacaranda World History Atlas, Spatial Vision’s Outdoor Recreation Guide series print maps and iOS apps. He is presently studying his Masters of Land Information at RMIT University

Photo Paul Cook

Paul Cook – Statistical geolocation of twitter users

The language we use on social media gives hints as to our location, even when we don’t explicitly state where we are. Paul will present ongoing research on a system for automatically predicting a Twitter user’s city-level location, which usually gives a prediction within 10 Km of the correct location.

Paul Cook is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Natural Language Processing Group in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne.


Matt Coller

Matthew Coller – The Temporal Earth project: Visualising world history on all timescales

Temporal Earth is an investigative project to create a visualisation of world history across all timescales, based on similar principles to Google Earth.  This talk will include a series of proof-of-concept demonstrations covering topics in Australian history, archaeology, geology and palaeontology.

Matthew Coller is a PhD student in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University, currently completing his thesis in the hope of launching the Temporal Earth project worldwide next year.

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