Speakers Announced for “OGC-o-Rabble” Sydney, 30 November

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC:http://www.opengeospatial.org/) will host its ‘Technical Committee’ meeting in Australia. To celebrate this event,  GeoRabble is joining forces with the OGC, to bring you a special ‘OGC-o-Rabble’ session on Monday 30 November, from 5:30 PM at the Swanson Hotel.

Pizza courtesy of Jacobs

We are proud to have secured an awesome program for the evening. A mix of Ozzie and International speakers, a return by popular demand of our Geo-Trivia, and of course the opportunity to mingle and network over drinks, free pizza (thanks to Jacobs‘ generous sponsoring) at an iconic Aussie venue.

Scott Simmons, the Executive Director of the Standards Program for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), will share his experience on leading a consensus process to develop location-related standards.

Dr Carl Reed, recently retired as the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Director of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), he will tell us “How to speak fair dinkum Spatial”, sharing with us an American’s first introduction to speaking Strayan that will go into serious thanks to Aussie contributions to spatial technology and the spatial industry.

Roger Lott, Chairman of the IOGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) Geodesy Subcommittee will talk about the importance of the new version of well-known text (WKT) for describing coordinate reference system definitions that has recently been developed jointly by OGC and ISO. 

Tim Leigh, GeoRabble co-founder and Principal Consultant at Scalable Solutions,  will tell us about “The internet of things, why should I care”.

Richard Lemon, the Spatial Section Manager & Practice Leader for Imagery & Aerial Survey from Jacobs, will talk about using flying ambulances, aerial images and addressee databases to help saving lives in Australia.

David Turner, a GIS engineer responsible for a sustainable transport at the City of Sydney, will talk about “Making numbers flow using Gephi”.  David will show and inspire how to make nice looking maps using an open source visualisation platform. 

Rhys Bittner, Hexagon Geospatial Business Development Manager, will present an open platform based on open data and OGC web services. He will also announce a “new developer competition” with 1st prize US$100,000 2nd prize US$50,000 and many other prizes!

Jacqui Kennedy has spent the last two years on the road visiting and photographing “Big Things of Australia” and will share with us photos and places that you have never seen!!

Don’t forget to register. It is always a free event, but we need to know numbers for catering purposes.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/georabble-at-ogc-tickets-19398310870, or through our Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/GeoRabble-Sydney/


GeoRabble Brisbane #7 – getting back into gear for Xmas

The Christmas season is fast approaching and GeoRabble Brisbane is having its next event on Tuesday the 8th of December. We’d like to invite you all to celebrate the Christmas season the spatial way at the Pig N Whistle (Riverside).

We have confirmed four speakers …

  • Brett Leavey – is bringing his Aboriginal cultural heritage app on an Oculus Rift device
  • Jonathan Corcoran – Jonathan is an Associate Professor at UQ School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management. He’ll be discussing some analysis he’s been doing on smart cards (GoCards) – visualising the effect of weather on bus transit in Brisbane.
  • Matthew Fry – Constantly evolving societal expectations of technology have pushed the use of spatial applications into areas not traditionally seen as being part of the spatial fabric.  Matthew will present on one of these new areas, tagged GeoDesign, where urban developers and landscape architects meet head on with spatial technologies to deliver interactive models for public use.
  • Tim Foresman – Tim is a world leader in the spatial industry and is currently the SIBA Chair in Spatial Information at QUT.  Having previously worked with organisations such as NASA, the U.S. EPA and the UN, Tim will be coming along to GeoRabble to share his knowledge and insights into innovation and the creation of a spatial industry cluster for Brisbane.

So if you feel like a bit of Spatial Christmas Cheer CLICK georabblebrisbane7.eventbrite.com.au/ AND BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!

If you are new to the format then this is what you can expect:

  • Official event time is 6:00-8:00pm
  • People tend to arrive anytime from about 5:00
  • Some food platters courtesy of our sponsor (SSSI) at about 6:15
  • Two 10-minute talks 6:30-6:50
  • More food platters courtesy of our sponsor (SSSI) at about 6:50
  • Prize draws at 7:10
  • Final Speaker at 7:20

Don’t forget, we are always interested in hearing about what is new and exciting in spatial! If you’d like to speak at an event, let the organisers know what you think the GeoRabble could learn from you.  We are keen to receive any and all “abstracts” or draft slides for you talk idea, so just make contact with your nearest GeoRabble organiser of choice.

Call for Prizes

To help spread the Xmas cheer if there are any organisations and individuals who would like to donate a prize for some random draws during the night then please let us know what you would like to bring.  Bottles of wine are always popular, but we like to have a variety, and do not like to place a cap your generosity.  Donors are announced as their prizes are about to be drawn, and are encouraged to present them, and be photographed with the winners (who must be present to collect).

The Christmas Brisbane GeoRabble is sponsored by …



GeoRabble – Perth #15 / Perth does have a summer


  • Levi Fordham
  • Alex Chapman
  • Jesse Robertson
  • Maya Dominice
  • More to be announced!

Date: Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm

Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge 6003

Format: A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules.

Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

Proudly sponsored by Boundless


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We can’t hold these events without the help of the greater Geocommunity!

Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of sponsoring a future event.

Joint GeoRabble with the OpenGeospatial Consortium: Sydney, 30 November

For the second time in history, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC: http://www.opengeospatial.org/) will host a ‘Technical Committee’ meeting in Australia; from 30 November to 4 December 2015, at NICTA in Redfern, Sydney.

To celebrate this event,  GeoRabble is joining forces with the OGC, to bring you a special ‘OGC-o-Rabble’ session on Monday 30 November, from 5:30 PM at the Swanson Hotel.

As always GeoRabble will be free for everyone including OGC attendees, GeoRabblers and anyone else interested in spatial technology.

This will be a unique opportunity for the international OGC community and the Sydney geo-community to get to know each other, mingle and network over drinks, free pizza (thanks to Jacobs‘ generous sponsoring) at an iconic Aussie venue.


Pizza courtesy of Jacobs

We want to hear your stories of international and Australian uses of spatial technology, so we are calling for speakers who can hold a short (up to 10 minute) talk about their international geo-experience, or about something typically Australian that would enlighten our foreign visitors (Croc-tracking anyone?)

Do you have an idea for a talk? Please let us know at sydney@georabble.org.

Also, by popular request, we’re bringing back our Geo-Trivia.

Watch this space for venue details, and don’t forget to register. It is always a free event, but we need to know numbers for catering purposes.

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/georabble-at-ogc-tickets-19398310870,

or through our Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/GeoRabble-Sydney/