WALIS eNewsletter

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November 2016 eNews

Highlights include: The WALIS website is moving; Perth geospatial Xmas shindig; Trial of new shark detection technology; How tech saved WA's land registry from privatisation; Halloween meteorite found on outback WA farm; Plans to scrap bus and train timetables in New South Wales; This map of the world just won Japan’s prestigious design award; and Walt Disney World’s trashcan GPS alerts cause employee angst.


October 2016 eNews

Highlights include: SPURonWA Grants; 2026Agenda ideas site is now live; Search for 5th Old Dutch shipwreck to continue; Lift-off for shark surveillance drone trial; Govt opens up Australian IT data; Great Barrier Reef climate history unlocked as CSIRO maps offshore Queensland Basin; Getting a 3-D view of a Hubble 'Bubble'; and Say cheese! Satellite-imaging startup will photograph earth daily.


September 2016 eNews

Highlights include: WA Surveying and Spatial Sciences Conference 2016; SPUR cutting red tape in the building industry; 2026 spatial industry transformation and growth agenda; Government boosts training in data skills; NRM Spatial Hub mapping technology wins landholder support; and 23 Google Maps tricks you need to try.


August 2016 eNews

Highlights include: GDA2020 - GDA Modernisation Implementation Working Group (GMIWG) and Datum Modernisation Questionnaire; Art of surveying explored in the Goldfields; 9000 Perth households to take part in GPS tracked travel survey; USA and Australia to develop smart transport; and Stanford scientists combine satellite data, machine learning to map poverty.


July 2016 eNews

Highlights include: HackED 2016; Unearthed Phase-X Mine Design Challenge; GovHack WA; Australian Geoscience Information Network (AusGIN) and Geoscience Portal: new and improved; Australia’s spatial industry at risk of missing growth opportunities; Google's programmable Lego-like blocks teach kids to code; and Mapping the world every nine square metres.


June 2016 eNews

Highlights include: Managing Coastal Vulnerability (MCV) Project; HackED 2016; Advara; GovHack 2016; Court struggles to define 'online location' in Australia's first site blocking case; Brisbane now home to Australia's coldest fridge; and Slum residents in Kenya map their homes because Google can't.


May 2016 eNews

Highlights include: Don’t get lost discovering geospatial data; Annual WALIS Key Performance Indicators survey; Landgate and Curtin University showcase location-based career opportunities; Modernising Australia's datum questionnaire; Data61 and Treasury to examine blockchain technology potential; First Australian map to be restored in Melbourne; Why do we trust GPS more than we trust ourselves?; and Welcome to Null Island, the most 'visited' place on Earth that doesn't actually exist.


April 2016 eNews

Highlights include: New data hub will support innovation and research; Perth Big Data Week 2016; NASA Space Apps Perth 2016; Australia ensured access to sentinel data; The Melways is turning 50. But will Melbourne's back-seat bible survive the GPS?; Have we become too reliant on GPS? This satellite expert thinks so; and Location data on two apps enough to identify someone, says study.


March 2016 eNews

Highlights include: Landgate Business Consultant Wins 40under40 Award for earthmine Australia; Satellite Technology Gives Farmers an Edge; Photomon Code Open for All; New Website Maps Indigenous Kinship; Consultation Begins on Austroads Metadata Standard; There's Now a Driverless Bicycle; and Digital Mapping Unlocks Students’ STEM Knowledge.


February 2016 eNews

Highlights include: Spend Less Time Discovering More; The Planner’s New Best Friend: We Can Now Track Land-use Changes on a Scale of Centimetres; A Data Revolution: Harnessing the Potential of Open Data to Create Next-generation Cities; High Value Spatial Careers Overlooked by Students; Plans Unveiled for New, World-Class AUV Research Facility; Beating the Bounds; and Britain Mapping Agency Creates Map of Mars.


January 2016 eNews

Highlights include: A New Chapter for SLIP; Managing Coastal Vulnerability (MCV) Project Update; G-NAF to be Made Openly Available by the Australian Government; Red Cross Australia Seeks Mapping Volunteers; The Map that Changed the World; and UN Expert Committee Outline the Future Trends in Digital Mapping.