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GeoRabble Perth & Sydney! – Have we started a GeoRiot or is it just GeoAwesomeness?

December 6 is the date you need to keep free, make sure the kids have a babysitter and be sure you have your Geo-wish list ready as it marks the 4th installment of GeoRabble in Perth. Why is this such an important event, well firstly:

1. It is Christmas time and I’m sure everyone wants to celebrate a little; and

2. GeoRabble goes national with consecutive GeoRabble Events to be held in Sydney (with Melbourne and Brisbane in the wings?).

The 4th installment is a celebration of all things spatial and what we want to achieve is to open the conversation to all participants (yep…an open mike night) to really get under the covers of what makes this industry tick. With consecutive Georabble events to be held around the country the tweet walls will be up so everyone can join in the conversation, link up with interesting ideas and sharing stories.

So, start thinking about what drives you to do what you do, how the world can embrace spatial better an importantly, what special Geo-present you want Father Christmas you bring you this year.

So, save the date, 6th of December 2012 as the GeoRabble is coming for you.

Speakers Confirmed for GeoRabble Melbourne #3

We are proud to announce the first speakers for the next GeoRabble event in Melbourne on Wed 12 September,in the Lanai Function room at CQ Melbourne. Doors open 5:30pm talks from 6:30pm.

  • Bill Cartwright – “NEOCartography: Prospects and Issues”. Bill takes a look at what is NeoCartography and what are the opportunities, issues and challenges for the cartography and geoscience community.
  • Yvonne Thompson – “Spatio Retro”. One of the original founders of GeoRabble Melbourne and self professed old lady of spatial in Australia, Yvonne takes an introspective look about how she originally found her passion for spatial.
  • Charlie Hawkins – “Flood Modelling a failure at Geheyan dam in China”. Flooding has been a very topical event in Australia but were you ever curious to know how a place like China would compare?
  • Monica Stephens – “Guns, Germans and Stripclubs the Fates of OpenStreetMap with No Respect to Jared Diamond“. A humorous and eye opening look at the who decides the feature types in OpenStreetMap and the need to focus on the gender gap in our industry.

We still have room for 1-2 more speakers so let us know if you have a geo-story that you would like share with everyone at the next GeoRabble!!

Join our Meet-up group, or register here!

A very special thanks to our GeoAwesome Rabble-esque Sponsor without whom we couldn’t run this event and provide food to everyone …

Sponsored by Digital Mapping Solutions
Sponsored by Digital Mapping Solutions

Free Pizza & Speakers Confirmed for GeoRabble Sydney #5

We have a great line up for our next Sydney GeoRabble, on Thursday 23 August, at the Occidental Hotel. Doors open 5:30 -talks start 6PM.

Sponsored by EBR

In a GeoRabble first, Tim Leigh will let the audience choose the topic for his talk. Democracy at its best! Choose anything from Web GIS to Mobile App development or Dog Sledding, and Tim will improvise!

Other talks are no less eclectic:

  • Andrew Harvey – “Open StreetMap, My Story”. Andrew’s short but sweet narrative about his experience with OSM, why he’s contributed, what he’s learnt from it and what he gained from it.
  • Mark Greenway and Kelvin Nicholson – “Happy Mapping”. How their GovHack team created a map of ‘Gross National Happiness’ combining mapping and statistical skills.
  • Stephen Lead – “Mapping the Anzac Diaries”. How the State Library of NSW displays diaries written in the trenches of WW1 in a modern and enticing manner, including placing the diary entries on a map.
  • Jose Diacono  – “CrossCountry: A Sydney GeoApp in the London Olympics”. This app assists competitive horse riders during their preparatory walk round a 2-5 km competition course. It was used at the London Olympics Three Day Event.

  • Andrew Cook – “The Globalisation of Data”. Drawing on the presenter’s experience using data from Socotra, Antarctica, Mongolia, Australia, Wales, PNG and West Africa this presentation illustrates some of the opportunities and issues that have arisen from the globalisation of data.
  • Allison Hornery – “Places in common”. An update on the NSW Location Intelligence Strategy, and how government and industry are starting to collaborate in new ways around place-based data, culture, policy and infrastructure.
Sponsored by Mercury Project Solutions

For this GeoRabble, we are bringing back the free Pizza (thanks to EBR and Mercury Project Solutions), so don’t miss out! Spaces are limited. Join our Meet-up group, or register here!

Launching GeoRabble Canberra!

Sponsored by Geoplex

Come and see what the fuss is all about Canberra!  We have Master of Ceremony (and Govhack organiser) Pia Waugh introduce some excellent and innovative speakers who worked on entries into Govhack 2012 utilising geospatial data in their hacks…  This will be followed by an invigorating discussion when you can have your say on topical issues.  Join in the dialogue, enjoy the tapas, and join the Rabble.

Proudly sponsored by: Geoplex
Where: Digress Restaurant in Akuna Street, Canberra City..
When: 16th August 2012, 6pm
Cost: Free (drinks are available for purchase from the Digress Lounge Bar)
Places are limited so book now!!
AmbleMate is a web-based tool to help pick best walking/cycling paths in Australia but prototyping just on ACT. The tool can include most gentle walk or most challenging ride or pram/wheelchair accessible depending on personal preference. It works like Google Maps; just say where From and where To and it works out the optimum path.
The complete speaker line-up:
  1. Slava Barouline 6:15pm – 6:30pm
  2. Alex Sadlier 6:30pm-6:45pm
  3. James O’Brien: 6:45pm-7:00pm: “Social Landscape – A Case Study in Mobile GIS App Development”
  4. Discussion Forum – MC  (Geoplex)

First Speakers Announced for GeoRabble Sydney #5

We have some great talks lined up for our next Sydney GeoRabble, on Thursday 23 August.

Sponsored by EBR

In a GeoRabble first, Tim Leigh will let the audience choose the topic for his talk. Democracy at its best! Choose anything from Web GIS to Mobile App development or Dog Sledding, and Tim will improvise!

Other Rabblers include:

  • Andrew Harvey – “Open StreetMap, My Story”. Andrew’s short but sweet narrative about his experience with OSM, why he’s contributed, what he’s learnt from it and what he gained from it.
  • Mark Greenway and Kelvin Nicholson – “Happy Mapping”. How their GovHack team created a map of ‘Gross National Happiness’ combining mapping and statistical skills.
  • Stephen Lead – “Mapping the Anzac Diaries”. How the State Library of NSW displays diaries written in the trenches of WW1 in a modern and enticing manner, including placing the diary entries on a map.

There are still speaking slots open. Have something interesting, passionate of fun to share? let us know by emailing sydney@georabble.org.

For this GeoRabble, we are bringing back the free Pizza (thanks to EBR), so don’t miss out! Spaces are limited. Join our Meet-up group, or register here!

GeoRabble Perth #3

GeoRabble #3 Perth, 25 July, Belgian Beer Cafe

A very successful event attended by 80 people, of which half had not attended before.  Several of the usual faces commented that they did not know quite a few people, so perhaps GeoRabble is succeeding in reaching out beyond the spatial nucleus.  Tom Brownlie was the Master of Ceremony and reminded people of the rules of GeoRabble – including to celebrate all things spatial.  Bringing the rabble together to quiet down and listen to the two speakers was easier than thought with the amount of chattering.  David Brady gave us a interesting talk about fact and fiction using maps as the examples.  Apparently there are lies/inconsistencies within the Asterix maps!
Continue reading GeoRabble Perth #3

Speakers & Panel Confirmed for GeoRabble Perth!

The panel is confirmed, the food’s been ordered, the venue has been cleaned…

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Trappist on King

Belgian Beer Cafe,

Cnr King & Murray Sts Perth

With two short talks, speakers David Brady (Fiction and Fact); and Lance Martin (WA Police Concept Car) are set to plumb the depths of the abyss that is the geospatial mind and see what pearls they can find.

Our expert panel of Phil Beach, Chelsea Samuel, Sonny Tham, Bernard O’Sullivan and Richard Brown have not been allowed in the same room together in the hopes of some rabble fireworks.

Big thanks to this evenings sponsor Amristar

 

 

If you would like to talk at a future GeoRabble event, please send and email with the title and a short description to perth@georabble.org.  Talks are limited to 10 minutes.

Announcing GeoRabble Sydney #5, and Call for Speakers

Join us for the fifth Sydney GeoRabble, with great (short!) talks, cool people and a few drinks. And: we’re bringing back the free pizza!

When: Thursday 23 August 2012

Where: Occidental Hotel, 43 York St, Sydney.

Doors open 5:30 PM, talks start 6PM. Please join our Meetup  Group, or RSVP here, so we can plan catering.

We will be announcing speakers soon.

If you would like to talk, send an email with the title and short description to sydney@georabble.org. Talks are limited to 10 minutes.

GeoRabble Perth #3 Announced!

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!
Contact: perth@georabble.org for more information