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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.

Perth GeoRabble #22 – The Next Edition – Final Speakers Announced!

Hello 2019!

The next Perth GeoRabble is just a few days away & we have our final lineup of speakers to announce!

  • Ben Jones – Cartography for the Colour Blind
  • Sarah James – Convergence of Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and Spatial
  • John Bryant – Building open geospatial community in Oceania

And introducing:

  • Cameron McArtney – Making GIS accessible for a generation that searches for ‘Google’ in Google to get to Google.
  • Dr Liz Dillimore – Making Perth & WA the destination for data science

Grab your free tickets quick by registering here.

Logistical details:

    • 28th March 2019
    • 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

 

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 @ Talis

 

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Perth GeoRabble #22 – The Next Edition

Hello 2019!

Join us on Thursday the 28th of March for a scintillating evening of all things geospatial and tech. Kindly sharing their knowledge and stories with us, we have the following speakers:

  • Ben Jones – Cartography for the Colour Blind
  • Sarah James – Convergence of Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and Spatial
  • John Bryant – Building open geospatial community in Oceania

With more to be announced very soon!

Logistical details:

  • 28th March 2019
  • 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 @ Talis

 

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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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Get Into Resources
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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.