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Third GeoRabble coming to Sydney, 22 September 2011

After a very successful GeoRabble #1 & #2, we are hosting another evening to share geo-ideas, full of fun, and free of sales-pitches.

Date: Thursday 22 September, 2011
Time: Doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.30pm
Location: Upstairs at the The Shelbourne Hotel, 200 Sussex Street, Sydney
Format:  A series of short (10 minute) talks, followed by discussion/networking
Registration: Attendance is free, but we need you to register here.

Speakers

The final speaker line-up is now confirmed:

Angela Clark (EveryMap): “Putting Sydney on the Wiki Map” 

  • Mapping is at the heart of the Sydney wiki and the map is the place way for people to explore the City.


Keith Austin (Freelance Journalist): “Looking Back, Going Forward”

  • In a landscape dominated by high-tech GPS, Keith Austin champions the utility and beauty of an old-fashioned map



Geoff Thompson (NSW Planning): “Urban Feasibility Model” 

  • The Urban Feasibility Model is a crucial tool in delivering the Metropolitan Plan for Sydney 2036.  

Stephen Lead (Ajilon): “how to make a map which doesn’t suck” 

    • Examples of great (and not-so-great) online maps to determine whether it’s possible to build user-friendly maps without sacrificing functionality or performance.

Elise McKenna (Hyder Consulting): “Geo-Whaaaat?”

  • How to better convey GIS to your non spatial colleagues and friends. Removing the “Geo-what??” from society!

Shane Conserdyne (EICU): “Getting GIS out to the masses”

  • Getting GIS out the masses: Approaches used by the Spatial Information Management System (SIMS)

GeoRabble #3 – Speaker Registration Now Open

Today, we’re opening speaker registrations for GeoRabble #3  in Sydney, on Thursday, 22nd of September.

Sorry: no miming

Do you have something interesting to share with your fellow geo-tragics, and want to present, demo, sing or otherwise (sorry: no miming) for 10 minutes, please let us know.

Send an email to info@georabble.org with your name, presentation title  and a short description.  We’ll review all submissions in the next few weeks and announce the speaker line-up soon.

Rabble on!

GeoRabble #3, Thu 22 September

Reserve the date!

GeoRabble #3 will be coming to Sydney on Thursday 22 September 2011.

Expect another line up of interesting, quirky, and entertaining speakers, and an opportunity to meet likeminded geeks and do some (not so) serious networking.

As before: it will be free to attend, with a cash bar.

We are always looking for interesting talks on anything Geo, so if you have any ideas, please drop us a line at info@georabble.org

More details to follow soon, but pencil in the date now!

See you then, the GeoRabble team

Speed Mapping – Comes to GeoRabble #2

Have a favourite map? Bring it to GeoRabble #2 on Thursday 16th June.

Speed Mapping is our way for everyone to share their passion and geo obsession and to get to know like-minded people.

Bring a copy of a map on your phone, tablet or printed that gets your Geo juices going and during the evening we will ask you to turn to the person next to you and in 2 mins each, share that map and why you love, hate it or just totally respect the science or art of the work.

Here is an example from one of the crew @ciscourbina talking about one of his favourite maps.

I clearly remember attending a GITA conference and at the cocktails having a chat to few of the people on the exhibition floor and having a really vigorous discussion with an old school surveyor that cartography is not about accuracy but communication. I didn’t win him over but I did everyone else.

That is why I really respect the work and art of the Geo-genealogy of Irish Surnames from Kingston University, London. It takes the 1890 census, uses total count by counties to set label size, uses county polygons to restrain labels and some clever label conflict resolution to provide a story about surnames across Ireland at that time. You can see dominate names, population densities and even impact of terrain. Though I can’t seem to find Urbina – go figure!

Not perfect, but a great way of getting people to relearn the art of cartography, combined with software and turning complex information into a story.

Another example is found over at Bill Rankin blog check out his discussion on why dot maps are better.

Of course we couldn’t forget our own GeoRabble crew blog post by Hugh – Map Wins and Map Fails

Don’t forget to register and bring your favourite map to share.

Final Round of Speakers Confirmed for GeoRabble #2

The GeoRabble crew are pleased to confirm the speakers for GeoRabble #2 on June 16th at the Shelbourne Hotel.

With an exciting and diverse range of geo stories we have:

  • Lew Short : Mega fires – what happens when it all goes bad
  • Lach McCabe : Using geo to reveal the story at the SMH
  • Jacqui Kennedy : In Their Honour – Mapping our Anzacs
  • Stewart Hay : Losing my religion – An introspective look at GIS
  • Anthony Baxter : Random Hacks of Kindness – disaster and crisis mapping
  • Cameron Shorter: Memoirs of a Cat Herder – Coordinating open source volunteers

Entry is free, but please register here.

Stayed tuned as we announce some more details and special activties in the coming days.

First Round of Speakers Confirmed!

We are excited to announce our first round of confirmed speakers for the 2nd GeoRabble event on June the 16th at the Shelbourne Hotel in the City.

They are:

  • Lew Short (NSW Rural Fire Service) : Mega fires – what happens when it all goes bad
  • Lach McCabe (Sydney Morning Herald) : Using geo to reveal the story – online mapping to tell the story of parking fines
  • Jacqui Kennedy : In Their Honour – mapping our Anzacs as we approach the 100 year anniversary of World War One
Stayed tuned as we announce more speakers in the coming days and don’t forget to register here.