GeoRabble Tas #1 – State of the Web Map

The first GeoRabble Tas is on and it’s going to be a web-mapping special. We’ve got speakers covering many aspects of the web, from Open Layers to Open Source, from big, complex statewide basemaps to foundational open data initiatives in local government.

We’ve got four speakers, a great sponsor, a tidy venue, good food… All we need is you to come along and make the event great! Book in here: If you have an idea of a good speaker or topic, or if you’re interested in helping run an event in the future, drop by the Google+ Community.


When: from 5 – 7pm on 14th Nov, 2013

Where: Upstairs at the Tattersalls Hotel


  • Mark Chiltott – DPIPWE

  • Andrew Betlehem – Geometry

  • Alex Crothers – Launceston City Council

  • Peter Corlett – ESRI Australia

What: Four short talks followed by a panel session of question and answer.

How much: Geometry are sponsoring, so there’s free food and free entry.

More Details:

Alex Crothers – Launceston City Council

Alex has worked in the Spatial Sciences industry for 20 years and is currently Spatial Sciences manager at Launceston City Council.  He has an advanced diploma of applied science from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing from Charles Sturt University, an Advanced diploma of management and is a member of the SSSI (Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute).  His interests include urban design, the geography of the urban environment and using GIS to support sustainable and liveable cities.

Alex’s talk is about how Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world which in turn builds sharing and innovation. Launceston City Council took to the Creative Commons path eighteen months ago publishing it’s GIS content pre cleared under a CC licence, this change has realised many benefits to the organisation and the community. This talk will answer some common questions about CC licensing and update you on Launceston’s Creative Commons journey to date.

Mark Chilcott – Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment

Mark Chilcott is a senior spatial information analyst, with over 20 years’ experience in GIS and mapping. He has previously worked for small business, large corporations and local government, including eight years working with Esri in Australia and California (USA). Mark has been in his current role with DPIPWE for eight years, extending his experience in GIS – from desktop projects for bushfire analysis and preservation of endangered species, through to large enterprise solutions like the LIST – incorporating multi-user, database storage and web-enabled solutions. In his current role, Mark is part of a team that assists with the management of Tasmania’s spatial data infrastructure, mapping programs and the LIST.

Mark will be talking about the Spatial Infrastructure Foundations project that’s been running out of DPIPWE working on many aspects of spatial systems in the state government. In particular, Mark will speak about their new basemap tile cache.

Peter Corlett – ESRI Australia

Peter Corlet specialises in commercial geography. He uses geographic science and technology to assist commercial and government organisations in Asset Management, Planning and Analysis, Field Mobility, Operational Awareness and Stakeholder Engagement.

Andrew Betlehem – Geometry

Andrew has been in the IT industry in Tasmania for over 25 years at Comalco, Telstra, CSIRO and the last 15 with Geometry. Along with Ashley Mahar, Andrew has been co-owner and co-director of Geometry for the last 10 years. The last few years he’s still getting his hands dirty with some programming, but also often managing projects and working to keep customers happy. Andrew is married with 4 children and spends a lot of time on his 5 acres trying to justify the purchase of a UAV.

Andrew’s presentation will be on how Geometry developed the new LIST map with open source technology and touches on the latest version of their iOS GIS app.

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