GeoRabble returns to Brisbane for one last hurrah before the decade of the 20-teens is out!
Come celebrate with us as we leave the tumultuous teens and (hopefully) mature into our geospatial 2020s (possibly aligned to GDA, but lets not go there just yet).
We’re are putting out the call for speakers, so if you have a bugbear <idea>, story, discovery, topic, musing or the funniest collection of spatial memes to grace the internet – we’d love to hear from you!
And we also need an audience! Head over this way to register if you’d like to come along and join us for all sorts of geo-goodness.
GeoRabble returns to Tasmania on Thursday 17 October 2019 at St John Craft Beer Bar on St John Street Launceston, sponsored by Esk Mapping and GIS. Networking drinks start at 5:30pm. Presentations commence shortly there after followed by more networking.
RSVP and enjoy the night with friends sharing geospatial ideas, free of sales pitches and hidden agendas! Each presentation is light, relevant to geo-something and only 10 minutes long.
John Dent – Convict Probation Stations in Northern Tasmania
There are nearly 30 convict probation or road stations in northern Tasmania dating from the 1820s to 1850s. The exact location of only a handful of these stations is actually known. Historic maps and surveying expertise is leading to the discovery of some of these convict sites and subsequent archaeological investigation is revealing that much still remains from these early convict sites.
Leigh Cornwell – Surveying for City of Launceston
Surveying and asset management has changed a great deal over the past 20 years from paper plans and assets recorded for a handful of features to creating and maintaining asset records for just about everything Council owns. We’ll take a look at what they are and the techniques used for surveying them as well as some other areas that use the Councils surveying services.
Tim Bendall – Port Arthur Historic Web Map
Port Arthur is a web mapping project for the public and for archeologists / academics. It shows the site as it was during it’s time as a convict prison and via a time slider you can see the site as it was for any year between 1833 and 1878. This includes records of any offenses committed on-site and all of this data is searchable. We also allow for admin users to upload and display georeferenced images including historic plans.
Alex Leith – Building Digital Earth Africa
At Geoscience Australia, we’re building the technical components of Digital Earth Africa, which is a project that aims to make Earth observation data and analyses more accessible for the entire African continent.
This will be an unapologetically technical talk about solving unreasonably big data problems using cloud services and will briefly talk about impacts, challenges and opportunities involved in the Digital Earth Africa project.
Date: Thursday 17th October, 2019
Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 5.45 pm
Location: St John Craft Beer, Launceston
Standard Georabble Format: A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules.
Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!
GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Thursday 17 October 2019 at the Imperial on Bourke Street. Networking drinks start at 5:30pm. Presentations commence shortly there after followed by more networking.
Grab yourself a ticket and enjoy the night with friends sharing geospatial ideas, free of sales pitches and hidden agendas! Each presentation is light, relevant to geo-something and only 10 minutes long.
Sylvia Niderla – My job was boring so I automated it (in FME)
Using FME to automate repetitive/manual tasks, replace lengthy scripts and extract CAD files (DGN) to a web mapping application.
Ayeisha Sheldon – My journey as a young Women in Geospatial science
Ayeisha will highlight key projects she has worked on, lessons learnt and experience gained. These projects include, mapping for disaster reduction within the Asia Pacific and projects while working for the Space Applications Section at the United Nations ESCAP.
Dayna Hayman – The power of visualisation
Coming from a visual design background, Dayna has a great appreciation for the ways in which good visualisations are an indispensable tool to help teams understand content and reflect on their experiences. In this talk, Dayna will discuss how she has used graphic live-scribing in highly technical workshops, and the unique value that it has delivered in these contexts.
Kate Williams – Fishermans Bend Digital Twin Demonstrator Project
Victoria’s first digital twin project for urban planning will demonstrate the digital future of our cities through the application of state-of-the-art planning and mapping technology to visualise Fishermans Bend, Australia’s largest urban renewal project, covering 485 hectares in the heart of Melbourne and soon to be home and workplace for over 80,000 people. Kate will share the scope of the demonstrator project, and discuss key learnings from the first 4 months of this initiative.
If you have a great geospatial idea that you would like to share with a group of like-minded people, we want you for our next GeoRabble! Contact the GeoRabble committee to express your interesting topic in 20 words or less, or email your idea to email@example.com.
We would like to thank our sponsor ThinkPlace without which we could not hold this event.
Date: 21st August 2019
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm, the ‘rabblin starts at 6pm.
Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge 6003
Format: Mixed bag of spatial goodness
Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!
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This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored by Georabble friends NGIS.
Perth ‘rabblers kicked off the first GeoRabble of 2019 in style, with one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had in a long long time.
MC’d by the ever talented Damian Shepherd, who helped keep our speakers (and audience!) in check.
The evening started off with Ben Jones on ‘Cartography for the Colour Blind’. Colourblindness affects about 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women; a statistic was was represented within our own audience that night. Maps as a fundamentally visual tool rely critically on colour & shapes to communicate information. Ben talked us through some useful methods and tools to assist in selecting colouring schemes that help make reading maps inclusive and accessible to colour-reading abilities. His key tips were to spend time experimenting with palettes & textures (through use of tools such as colour brewer2 & kuler) and then to test your selections with emulators such as Colour Oracle or Visolve.
Next up we had Sarah James speaking on ‘Convergence of Industry 4.0, Smart Cities & Spatial’.
Industry 4.0 refers to latest wave of ‘industrial revolution’, where digital networks form a vast array of networks of cyber-physical systems (connected assets, customers and supply chains). Location intelligence plays a key part in this – and is the ‘golden thread’ – particularly in the context of ‘smart cities’, digital twins, BIM & virtual/augmented reality systems.
Following on we had John Bryant speak about his journey in organising the first Oceania FOSS4G in Melbourne last year, and on building open geospatial community in the regions. Through collaborative efforts and shared vision with people met through other channels (Slack/user groups/mailing lists etc) a team of passionate individuals pulled together an amazing conference with keynote speakers, 45 presentations & 14 lightening talks, 14 workshops, a community day & social events. An incredible 250+ attendees from 14 countries attended. And not only that, but the community succeeded in raising enough money through Good Mojo crowdfunding campaign to enable 6 people to attend through the Travel Grant Program.
Up next, with the title to steal the night, we had Cameron McArtney talking on ‘Making GIS accessible for a generation that searches for ‘Google’ in Google to get to Google’. An inspiring talk on the technological challenges of making digital maps for those in our community who are not of the ‘Google generation’. The choice of visualisation and interaction technique (‘scroll’/’flick’ etc) is just as key as the mapping itself to make spatial data accessible and insightful.
Lastly we had Dr Liz Dillimore on making WA the destination for data science, with the new WA Data Science Innovation Hub. The vision is to enable the development of data science capability and make WA a self-growing data science community with data science organisations that flourish; ultimately leading to job creation and economic growth (echoing Sarah’s Industry 4.0 predictions). And no, this does not take form of hackathons to solve any tech problem, but strategic partnerships, investment and collaboration between industry, academia and data science organisations.
Thank you to all our speakers for investing their time and to all the geospatial community who could come along for the event, and of course, last but not least to our generous sponsors Talis, without whom this event would not have taken place.
Let us know if you’ve got a question you’d like the wisdom of GeoRabble to answer via firstname.lastname@example.org or #georabbleper.
And stay tuned for news about our 23rd GeoRabble Perth – coming later this year around July.
In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved in GeoRabble organising, or would like to speak or sponsor, drop us a line through email@example.com, or through twitter @georabble or #georabbleper.
GeoRabble Perth made a long-awaited return on the 28th November at our favourite haunt, the Universal Bar.
MC Nic Flett@mapguy83 served-up some spatial tapas with a full line-up of six speakers on everything from mapping ants to a Silicon Valley experience.
Chris Roach kicked-off by exploring what a geospatial team does in their spare time. The answer? More work! With the assistance of the actual internet (in a black box on the table), Chris took the plunge by sharing a live-demo of his handy-work mapping habitat threats for endangered marsupials. Respect for that bravery – you set the bar high!
From possums to ants, Ross Lewin shared some experience in using artificial intelligence to find Fire Ant nests. Better AI finds them before you step on them. Some pretty brutal images of what happens when you do. It turns-out that ants outweigh humans on the planet; however, that doesn’t make giant ant nests easy to distinguish from other objects in an image.
Ikrom Nishanbaev took a deep dive on exploring Australian cultural heritage sites with the Geospatial Semantic Web – giving us a master class in the code and tools behind making that look easy. That’s quite a task as it takes some real skill to make something so complex look simple.
The heritage theme continued with Damien Hassan -on finding Perth’s first BBQ. His team have been busy working on an exciting project that will soon make some incredible maps of lost Perth available to the public for the first time. There’s an amazing amount of detail in these maps – enough to be able to track down what maybe WA’s first BBQ, amongst hundreds of other gems (like subterranean loos). Stay tuned!
Kurt Adams took us on another journey through Perth over time, with a very impressive set of maps about property. Kurt covered everything from location, price and block-size, to access to transport and sewerage – with a map in an appropriate shade of brown. Did someone say Vindaloo?
And finally, Sophie Richards shared a few stories from an adventure this year at Stanford University through the Silicon Valley Innovation Academy – an amazing opportunity to learn about data science from the brightest in Silicon Valley. It’s not rocket science, but there are some clever math tricks behind the biggest brands … RabbleRabble.
Thanks again to our generous sponsors for the event – Hexagon Geospatial. Stoked to have you involved.
If you would like to help grow our Geocommunity, with brain expanding ideas or sustenance at upcoming events, please share with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t hold these events without you!
Finally, we can’t bear the thought of wrapping-up 2018 just yet – so here’s a shout-out to the WA Geo-geek community for some Christmas drinks together on Wednesday 12th December at 5pm at The Globe 495/497 Wellington Street. Hope to see you there!
Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our first event for 2019.
With exactly one week to go before GeoRabble Perth’s return, we are excited to introduce another a new speaker:
Damien Hassan – Finding Perth’s first BBQ: a project to geo-reference over 2,000 early survey plans of the Perth metropolitan area has been completed with the mapping interface coming soon. These plans, digitised in high resolution, provide a virtual archaeological dig into a built landscape that has changed significantly over the decades. Find your house from 100 years ago… or maybe Perth’s first BBQ?
If you haven’t got your tickets yet head over now to Eventbrite to register for your GeoRabble fix of 2018!
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