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GeoRabble Perth #22 |It’s A Wrap!

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.

GeoRabble Perth - Ben Jones talking on cartography & colourblindness
GeoRabble Perth – Ben Jones talking on cartography & colourblindness

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.

Perth GeoRabble - Sarah James speaking on Industry 4.0, Convergence and Spatial
Perth GeoRabble – Sarah James speaking on Industry 4.0, Convergence and Spatial

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.

Perth GeoRabble - John Bryant speaking on FOSS4G Oceani
Perth GeoRabble – John Bryant speaking on FOSS4G Oceania

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.

Perth GeoRabble - Cameron McArtney on making mapping accessible
Perth GeoRabble – Cameron McArtney on making mapping accessible for a generation that searches for ‘Google’ in Google to get to Google.

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.

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Let us know if you’ve got a question you’d like the wisdom of GeoRabble to answer via perth@georabble.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 perth@georabble.org, or through twitter @georabble or #georabbleper.

GeoRabble Perth | One week to go!

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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GeoRabble Perth #21 | The Return

We’re back!

After a bit* of a hiatus, Perth GeoRabble is back in action and ready to ‘rabble! And just in time for the end of year festivities too 😉

Join us on the 28th of November as we have an exciting starting line up of speakers including:

  • Ross Lewin – Can Artificial Intelligence find the Ants? Work being done to trial hyperspectral imagery and Machine Learning/AI in the detection of Red Imported Fire Ants (RFIA) in Brisbane for the Queensland Government.
  • Ikrom Nishanbaev – Exploring Australian Cultural Heritage Sites with the Geospatial Semantic Web

With more to be announced very soon!

Logistical details:

  • 28th November 2018
  • Doors open 5:30pm
  • Presentations from 6:00pm
  • Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge
  • A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of ‘rabblers, and the usual rules
  • Attendance is free, but for catering purposes please help our hosts by registering here

Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

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 or get involved in helping organise an event.

This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored our friends @ Hexagon Geospatial

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*might maybe be a tad of an understatement

GeoRabble Perth #19 – Student Edition – It’s A Wrap!

Suzy Urbaniak set the scene for the night with her infectious enthusiasm for science and education! Suzy shared her hands-on approach with real world and field based learning. She introduced her Centre of Resources Excellence Program, designed with STEAM front of mind – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

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Next up was repeat speaker Dhan Prabhu, who introduced us to “get into resources”, a unique 3 day event in WA which showcases the resources industry to secondary school students.  Small groups of students get to participate in hands-on interactive activities as presented by volunteer industry professionals from a wide range of resource related disciplines.

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Mark Williams spoke on his experiences with Participatory Mapping from Central Australia to Cambodia, in helping local inhabitants transcribe their expert knowledge of local environments in a geographical framework. Mark shared results of his masters study aimed at using community based adaptation and participatory mapping to explore how communities living in flood-prone river basins in Cambodia perceive and adapt to changes in flood regimes under the influence of climate change and other risk factors.

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Participatory GIS and community based adaptation to climate change and other hazards – Mark Williams, M.Env,Sc (GIS and Environmental Management specialisation UWA)

Next up were Tristan Reed and Jeremy Siao Him Fa, sharing their GeoApp Development in the remote Ngalangangpum School in Warmun, 200km south of Kununurra. As part of the “Two-way Learning” model, combination of traditional indigenous methods and new economy skills, Tristan and Jeremy helped teach the students how to build a basic iPad app that functioned as a geo-diary, allowing students to catalog their excursions as well as important places around the town.

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And our very own Darren Mottolini finished up with some guidance in mentoring – helping others think outside the box by sharing our geo experience and perspective on the world. Getting to the root of problems, identifying gaps and co-designing for unique solutions.

Thanks again to Damian Shepherd for MCing on the night and to our friends at Spookfish for sponsoring the Student Edition!

If you would like to help grow our Geocommunity, with brain expanding ideas or sustenance at upcoming events, please share with us at perth@georabble.org. We can’t hold these events without you!

Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our next event coming up soon.

Tonight’s Final Speakers Announced! | GeoRabble Perth #19 | Students of Geo

Georabble – Student Edition – Thursday 7th September 2017 

Speakers:

  • Suzy Urbaniak: Geoscience, Education and STEM – What’s happening and where is it going…
  • Tristan Reed & Jeremy Siao Him Fa: Geo-app development in Remote Schools
  • Mark Williams: Participatory Mapping, Central Australia to Cambodia
  • Darren Mottolini: The Assumptions of Mentoring
  • Dhan Prabhu: “Getting into Resources” – Resource Careers Experience for High-School Students

What ignited your passion for all things geo?

We’re inviting newbies to the Perth geo-scene to share their stories about what got them on path to geo-enlightenment. Join the friendly Perth Rabble to share your passion for geo.

And for old hat Rabbers – tap a local geo-newby you know to come along and join the crew.

Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge
A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of ‘rabblers, and the usual rules
Attendance is free, but for catering purposes please help our hosts by registering here

Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

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 or get involved in helping organise an event.

This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored our friends @ Spookfish.

Speakers Announced! | GeoRabble Perth #19 | Students of Geo

Georabble – Student Edition – Thursday 7th September 2017

 

Speakers:

  • Suzy Urbaniak: Geoscience, Education and STEM – What’s happening and where is it going…
  • Tristan Reed & Jeremy Siao Him Fa: Geo-app development in Remote Schools
  • Mark Williams: Participatory Mapping, Central Australia to Cambodia

More to be announced soon!

What ignited your passion for all things geo?

We’re inviting newbies to the Perth geo-scene to share their stories about what got them on path to geo-enlightenment. Join the friendly Perth Rabble to share your passion for geo.

And for old hat Rabbers – tap a local geo-newby you know to come along and join the crew.

Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge
A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of ‘rabblers, and the usual rules
Attendance is free, but for catering purposes please help our hosts by registering here

Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

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 or get involved in helping organise an event.

This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored our friends @ Spookfish.

GeoRabble Perth #18 | The Spatial Fringe Edition

We’re excited to kick off 2017 with a brand new spectacular GeoRabble!

Join us in the ‘rabblin fray to ponder, muse & debate all things spatial (and maybe even meander into the not-so-spatial!). Leading us to the fringes of the spatial spectacular, we are excited to announce the following line-up of titillating talks:

Speakers:

  • Dhan Prabu – Maps with  a Twist
  • Suzanne Brown – Drainage and Liveable Communities
  • More to be announced soon!


Date:
 Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge
Format: A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of ‘rabblers, and the usual rules
Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

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 or get involved in helping organise an event.

This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored by Amristar.

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Perth Christmas Cross-Community GeoSpatial Drinks

We would like to extend a warm & merry invite to join us for a very spatial end of year event in Perth, together with the geo-folks from Geogeeks & Geospatial Amateurs community groups.

No RSVP is required and the event is free to attend. Please feel free to forward, share or invite others who may be interested in coming along.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

With merriment & love,

–the Perth GeoRabble crew

GeoRabble Perth #17 – it’s a wrap!

Starting us off for the night was Tracy Jin Cui, with a fast-moving slide deck (47 slides!) on spatial in China; and one thing was astonishingly clear -not only is the spatial industry growing – it’s booming; and is now worth about 42 billion (US) dollars. Demand for location products and services continues to grow at a fast pace, and predominantly the platform of demand/use is mobile.

Tracy Jin Cui on Spatial in China @ GeoRabble Perth #17
Tracy Jin Cui on Spatial in China @ GeoRabble Perth #17

Bringing us back to more local extents, Marcia Schneider walked us through the ‘Historical Panoramas: Perth and Fremantle’ project which was borne out of a collaboration between Curtin University’s HIVE and the State Library of Western Australia. The project sourced historical images dating as far back as 1860, and stitched these into seamless panoramas. A sample set was then selected and georeferenced; and a task then set to capture modern-day panoramas of the same locations. Challenges faced included trying to access locations that were no longer accessible (but luckily drone technology was on hand). The resulting product was a beautiful virtual tour of the selected locations with the ability to fade/time-slide the panoramas. The tour can be accessed online here; and more locations are in the pipeline.

Historical Panorama Demo @ GeoRabble Perth #17
Historical Panorama Demo @ GeoRabble Perth #17

Next up, we had Voon Li Chung speaking to the keen georabblers about a possible method to optimise database queries involving GPS coordinates. The kernel of the issue is when performing a proximity search for coordinates stored as part of a larger database/dataset, there generally is no spatial relationship or index component to speed up the search. Either you go row-by-row or store all coordinates in memory…. Not particularly desirable when your computational device is a smartphone (and a cheap one at that). The aim was to devise a solution that could use the at-hand, off-the-shelf smartphone database technology (sqlite3), which already had desirable features – it’s fast, simple and taps into inherent database qualities – such as integer searches. The solution proposed would allow one to set a point of reference (of a certain distance from an interest point) and pre-calculate distances of other points from this reference point; and then perform search for those points falling within a certain (pre-calculated) distance range. This concept was further refined upon by introducing bearing values between a point and the reference point. These combined heuristics reduced a sample search set of coordinates from 133354 points to just 98 points! Impressive stuff!

Carrying on from Voon Li, we had Onno Benschop talking to us about his experiences participating in this year’s GovHack; and he walked us through his team’s hack on public housing in WA. They attempted to answer the ‘flipside’ of the more commonly known/asked question of ‘where should we not build public housing’ in order to address the ‘where should we build public housing?’ question. To do this, they tried to ascertain housing demand and accessibility to key services (in areas such as health & education) in order to rank areas by their desirability for public housing; and then produced visualisation of this in a geographical format – a map. Onno also spoke to us about experiences in the hackerspace environment and what it’s like to be a part of such an event. The link to their project page is here.

To conclude the evening, we had John Bryant speaking to us about a wonderful local initiative called ‘GeoGeeks’ which is an open-source based geospatial hack group that brings together an inspiring bunch of people fortnightly to tackle geospatial projects. John talked us through a couple of projects on the go: the ‘Maps for Lost Towns’, a venture aiming to bring 6000 historical map images to keen georeferencers through crowdsourcing technology; and the ‘WA Media Statements’ project which seeks to geocode all existing media statements to enable location-based searching/viewing. And many more projects are on the books – such as spatially tracking food trucks through tweets, or solar panel crowdsourcing. John also touched on the reasons to become involved as geospatial professional, regardless of your level of experience. You can learn new geo skills and improve problem solving abilities; it’s also an opportunity to give yourself the time/space to actually work on your own ideas, network and build meaningful connections with other industry professionals. And, because people from all industry-walks of life are welcome, you might even have the opportunity to open your mind to new ways of tackling age-old geospatial problems. To find out more, head this way.

A huge thanks also to our sponsor – Survey Results. Cheers! We couldn’t run events like this without the generous support of organisations in our industry.

We’re also making a call-out for some new organisers to join the local Georabble team. If you have ideas for topics, even if that means dobbing someone else in, or can help us with some drinks and nibbles for next time, we’d love to hear from you via perth@georabble.org.

Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our next event coming up soon.

 

GeoRabble – Perth #15 / Perth does have a summer

Speakers:

  • 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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Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

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.