What is Spatial Information?

Spatial Information describes the physical location of objects and metric relationships between objects - information fundamental to the live of every Australian and New Zealander.

This new information technology field acquires, manages and analyses data that has geographic, temporal, and spatial context. It also includes development and management of related information technology tools, such as aerial and satellite remote sensing imagery, the Global Positioning System (GPS), and computerised geographic information systems (GIS).


Satellite images bring daily weather reports and provide farmers with information for precision agriculture; airborne infra-red scanners track our bushfires; global positioning systems monitor the location of thousands of trucks and taxis; real estate sales use geographic information systems; and maps of all kinds are produced, displayed and analysed using the technology that the wider spatial information industry provides.

The SI industry is a component of the broader information technology sector and has scientific and technical links to all other disciplines such as environmental science, engineering, computer science, health delivery, logistics, planning, resource management and electronics.

SI is found within applications as diverse as ambulance dispatch services; bushfire management; and commercial asset mapping - these are all core business for the SI industry.

What is on the CRCSI website?

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What is CRC?

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program is an Australian Government Initiative to bring together researchers from universities, and other government organisations, and private industry or public sector agencies in long-term collaborative arrangements that support research and development and education activities to achieve real outcomes of national economic and social significance.

The program emphasises the importance of developing collaborative arrangements between researchers and research users in the private and public sector in order to maximise the capture of the benefits of publicly funded research through an enhanced process of commercialisation or utilisation by the users of that research.

CRCs provide an enhanced education and training environment through the involvement of people from outside the university system in education programs and by offering degree and non-degree courses and training focussed on industry and other user needs.

Want to know more about Cooperative Research Centres in general? "News from the CRC Association" is an e-newsletter that gives regular updates on the issues and people affecting the CRC Program; best practices and links to items of interest to anyone concerned with collaborative research.

How do I join CRCSI?

New organisations are welcome to join the CRCSI. There are a variety of ways of doing this, depending on commitments and expectations. CRCSI is a large enterprise, and operates in a complex environment of public, private and academic sectors. CRCSI management can explain the ways in which your organisation can participate in and interact with the CRCSI.

"How do I join CRCSI?" provides some information. More is available throughout this website. Contact Mike Ridout, Communications Director, if you wish to discuss the CRCSI, including anything of a confidential nature.

How do projects work?

Projects are the building blocks of the CRCSI. Each project has an agreement executed by the parties involved wherein the project aims, milestones, budget, etc are described in as much detail as can be achieved. IP generated is dealt with in a transparent way through protocols laid down by the CRCSI Board and implemented by CRCSI management which has collectively decades of experience in collaborative research development and commercialisation. Typically, all project parties are CRCSI partners, but sometimes third parties are involved.

How do I propose a new research project to the CRCSI?

Comprehensive guidelines and an application form are given in the documentation at the research page within this website. Basically you need to talk as soon as possible to one of the CRCSI executive staff to seek help in evaluating whether or not your proposal matches the CRCSI strategic directions and whether it has the requisite characteristics of a CRCSI investment. Further information from Phil Collier.

Do you have any job or scholarship vacancies?

All jobs on offer are advertised through the News feed and the Careers page. In addition you can to the CRCSI Communiques and hear about them through that, or subscribe through RSS feeds at relevant pages.

Scholarships information is at the Scholarships page.

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