18 August 2011

LBx: Scaling Location Data in Aus & NZ

LBx: Tell us a little about CRCSI and why spatial information is so critical to both the public and private sectors in Australia and New Zealand.

Woodgate: The CRCSI has been set up as a long-term research engine to tackle grand challenges that can only be addressed through the unique cooperation of the private, public and research sectors.

Spatial technologies and the information they generate underpin the Australian economy. Let me give several examples. Firstly, Australia’s largest export industry is mining and minerals exploration, which relies heavily on spatial technologies. Secondly, all property transactions rely on detailed data found in cadastre files held by government agencies (these include property boundaries, titles, ownership, land values, parcel, and location data). Thirdly, for a more macro example, Australia is extremely vulnerable to floods, bushfires, and cyclones. Our ability to rapidly respond to these natural disasters impacts the health of the national economy and crucially depends on a range of data from airborne and satellite sources.

Tens of thousands of spatial datasets exist, especially in the public sector, but relatively few of them are readily available. Through our research projects we intend to revolutionize the availability and therefore value of these data.

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