WALIS e-News March 2005 Headlines 1. What’s Happening in the WALIS Community - New Minister for WALIS - Employment Opportunity in the WALIS Office - WALIS Custodianship Policy Review - WALIS Metadata Working Group Update - Innovation in Community Engagement Conference - Spatial Interoperability Workshop, Perth 6 May 2. WALIS Stakeholders in the News - DPI: Department's nautical chart data in demand - Fisheries: To Map Activities of Protected Grey Nurse Sharks - WALGA: EPA Commends Local Government Biodiversity Planning Guidelines 3. Australian Angle - ASIBA Announces Board for 2005 - New ACT Map to Aid Future Regional Emergency Responses 4. News from Around the Globe - From GIS to the Desktop - Tracking in Locations Where GPS Won't Go 5. Upcoming Events 1. What’s Happening in the WALIS Community New Minister for WALIS The WA Premier, Dr Geoff Gallop, has appointed The Hon. John Bowler MLA as the new Minister for Land Information, and as such, the new Minister for WALIS. Other areas included in the new Minister’s portfolio are Local Government and Regional Development; Goldfields- Esperance and Great Southern. Employment Opportunity in the WALIS Office Mark Taylor, Senior Projects Manager in the WALIS Office, has moved to FESA for 12-18 months (on secondment) to work on the Emergency Management component of SLIP. We wish him well in his new role. As a result, we are looking for someone to take up the opportunity act in this position and join us in the WALIS Office. The job description and application process can be found on www.jobs.wa.gov.au. Applications for this position close on 21 March at 5:00pm. WALIS Custodianship Policy Review The data management guidelines and template are currently being developed and will be on the agenda for discussion at the next WALIS Council meeting on 20 April. The draft guidelines will be distributed to WALIS Council members prior to the meeting. Please contact Luke Edwards at the WALIS Office for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org). WALIS Metadata Working Group WALIS Office is leading the development of a National Metadata Profile on behalf of ANZLIC. The New Zealand Government has already agreed to help develop and to adopt the same profile as Australia. This work is expected to be completed by September this year. Please contact David Lee-Steere at the WALIS Office for further information (email@example.com). DPI: Innovation in Community Engagement Conference In Western Australia we have taken a leading role in exploring innovations in community engagement, with 21st Century Town Meetings (Dialogues), Deliberative Surveys, Citizens' Juries, Multi Criteria Analysis Conferences and Consensus Forums. Now we are taking the next giant step forward by assembling here in Perth some of the most progressive innovators and experts from the USA and Australia, to lead a unique experiment in community engagement. DPI will be hosting the Innovation in Community Engagement Conference at Burswood Convention Centre. May 30-31, 2005. For more information or to register go to http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/dialogue/comengage/index.html Spatial Interoperability Workshop: Working Together to Manage Real-World Emergency Issues The Spatial Interoperability Demonstration Project (SIDP), a joint government and private sector initiative to show how vital on-demand access to interoperable spatial information is to emergency management, has scheduled a series of presentations around the country. Using three highly probable scenarios – a fire threatening powerlines in WA, an insurance company dealing with hailstorm damage in Sydney and emergency services tackling a cross- border bushfire in SA/Vic – these presentations will show participants, in real-time, how to use the on-demand infrastructure and share spatial information. Two sessions will be held in Perth at the Celtic Club on 6 May 2005: 8am – 10am: Executive Briefing for elected officials, executives and managers that will introduce spatial interoperability and enact the three live scenarios to demonstrate interoperability at work 10.30am – 12.50pm: Seminar for technical managers and officers that will enable participants to ‘look under the hood’ of the spatial interoperability demonstrations to see how the solutions were put together. There is no cost to participate in the SIDP roadshow sessions, but places are limited so registration is essential. For more information and to register online, go to http://www.sidp.com.au or contact the SIDP project manager, Maurits van der Vlugt, on (02) 9928 2551 or Mvandervlugt@skm.com.au. Local Government GIS Focus Group Following on from the very popular “The Wonderful World of WALIS Data” at the recent WALIS Forum, the Local Government GIS Focus Group is holding a workshop on 22 March with presentations from data providers of data typically used by local government. This workshop is expected to be followed by at least one other to assist those working with local government to better understand the range of datasets available. For further information, please contact Rex Ballard at the City of Swan (firstname.lastname@example.org). 2. WALIS Stakeholders in the News DPI: Department's Nautical Chart Data in Demand On March 11, The Department for Planning and Infrastructure announced that it has joined forces with one of the world's leading producers of electronic navigation systems to ensure vessels in WA waters have access to up to date information about the hazards off our coastline. Manager of Spatial Information Wayne Winchester said the licence agreement with the Italian based company Navionics would see the company given access to the Department's detailed hydrographic data. http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/publications/mediast/mediast_110305.html Fisheries: To Map Activities of Protected Grey Nurse Sharks If you have seen a grey nurse shark lately, Department of Fisheries scientists want to hear from you. The shark research team has received funding from the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust to study this protected species, which is still relatively common in WA. The study aims to identify sites where the sharks gather so monitoring programs can be developed. The grey nurse, with its pointed head and bulky shoulders, will be familiar to many people as a common large shark in public aquaria. http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/media/2005/2005-3-8-251.htm WALGA: EPA Commends Local Government Biodiversity Planning Guidelines The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has commended the Western Australian Local Government Association’s Perth Biodiversity Project on the preparation of the Local Government Biodiversity Planning Guidelines for the Perth Metropolitan Region (the Guidelines) and encouraged their use. PBP released the Guidelines in June 2004 to describe a consistent, staged process that can be used by Local Government to prepare local biodiversity strategies. The process encourages biodiversity targets and criteria to be set, enabling Local Government to identify biodiversity values and integrate biodiversity conservation into their planning and decision making processes. http://www.walga.asn.au/news/releases/MR02_03_05.htm 3. Australian Angle ASIBA Announces Board for 2005 The Australian Spatial Information Business Association (ASIBA) announced the composition of its Board of Directors for 2005 on 1 March including all executive positions. To view the appointments go to: http://www.asiba.com.au/ New ACT Map to Aid Future Regional Emergency Responses A Geoscience Australia mapping project initiated in the wake of the devastating January 2003 bushfires, has delivered emergency workers and the local community with an updated 1:100,000 scale topographic map of the ACT. The ACT map is part of a cooperative pilot program being undertaken by Geoscience Australia in partnership with State and Territory emergency management and mapping agencies. http://www.ga.gov.au/news/index.jsp#actmap 4. News from Around the Globe From GIS to the Desktop Maps published in print or on the Web must communicate visually, and the more visually rich their symbology, color and graphic technique, the more successfully they will communicate. Adobe Illustrator’s graphic capabilities provide you many ways of enhancing the visual quality of your GIS data, as shown in Figure 1, at left. Software programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop have evolved into sophisticated communication tools, inviting cartographers to add visual value to their maps using transparency, drop shadows, complex graphic styles, and layered symbols, among other effects. http://www.directionsmag.com/editorials.php?article_id=764 Tracking in Locations Where GPS Won't Go GPS receivers don't work indoors, an inconvenience that seldom poses a problem. GPS is, after all, an “outdoor” satellite-based technology. But think about a miner trapped underground after an accident. Or a firefighter who rushes into a smoke- and flame-filled building. Or, more poignantly, an equipment-laden rescuer walking up the stairs in the doomed World Trade Center. The NPPTL development team wanted a tracking system accurate to within 6 feet after 60 minutes of use. Given the gyroscope’s inherent limitations, an approach capable of more accurate tracking was needed. Fisher called Dr. William L. "Red" Whittaker at nearby Carnegie Mellon University for advice. Whittaker is the Fredkin Professor of Robotics, Director of the Field Robotics Center, who suggested using a micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) type of gyroscope. MEMS are mechanical devices built onto semiconductor chips. They are small enough to be measured in micrometers and are used to make pressure, temperature, chemical and vibration sensors, light reflectors and switches as well as accelerometers for automobile airbags, vehicle control, pacemakers and games. http://www.directionsmag.com/editorials.php?article_id=773 5. Upcoming Events GeoSpatial World 26-28 April; San Francisco, USA Attend GeoSpatial World and learn how to enable spatial information for better business performance, maximize data investments, enhance efficiency, and achieve interoperability in your organization. No other event can provide you with better resources, tools, training, insight, and networking contacts. www.geospatialworld.com/about/venue.asp New Zealand Planning Institute Annual Conference 2005 27-30 April; Auckland, New Zealand This conference is about ‘pushing the boundaries.’ The role and scope of planning in New Zealand is expanding. We can now be concerned with assisting communities to plan for a better society, not just a better environment, using mechanisms such as the Local Government Act, strategic and social planning economic development planning and other statutory and non statutory processes to give effect to community values. http://www.cce.auckland.ac.nz/conferences/index.cfm?S=CCE_NZPIAC NARGIS 2005 4-7 July; Charles Darwin University; Darwin Over the last decade great technological advancements have been made in the spatial sciences. As NARGIS goes into the next decade of existence, the spatial sciences are set to evolve even further. NARGIS 05 attempts to provide a forum which will bring together people from a range of disciples that will come under the umbrella of the spatial sciences in Northern Australia. NB: Abstract submission deadline extended to 4 March http://www.nargis05.cdu.edu.au/ CoastGIS 2005 21-23 July, Aberdeen, Scotland CoastGIS 2005 is the sixth International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management. As a major event, the CoastGIS series attracts an international audience of coastal researchers, managers, practitioners who use one or more of the geospatial technologies. CoastGIS 2005 will be held in Aberdeen Scotland at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). http://www.gislounge.com/conf/jul05.shtml Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is provided for general information purposes. It does not constitute professional or expert advice and you must not use or rely upon it for that purpose. WALIS and the State of Western Australia, do not guarantee and do not accept responsibility for the accuracy, currency, completeness and reliability of the information contained in this newsletter. 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