[OSGeo Africa] (Fwd) First Australian Open Source Geospatial Laboratory to Su

Chris chris at airphotoafrica.co.za
Tue Jul 23 00:08:06 PDT 2013

    This should be of interest to the UP OSGeo lab people ( and Gavin )


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The University of Melbourne will be home to Australia's first Open Source
Geospatial Laboratory. The laboratory will support urban research and
educational excellence through the use of location based (geospatial) 
and tools.

The Laboratory will undertake research and provide training resources
which utilises digital data and analytical and visualisation tools to
up-skill a myriad of disciplines in evidenced based decision-making
practices. Training will be delivered both into existing University
curriculum and through a series of workshops and short-courses.

The laboratory is expected to attract considerable interest from urban
geographers, spatial scientists, planners and policy-makers who are keen
to contribute to and learn about the latest available data driven
techniques to support evidenced based decision-making. The laboratory 
will utilise the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network 

AURIN http://aurin.org.au is a $20 million open source e-infrastructure
initiative which is unlocking datasets of relevance to Australia’s cities
and providing an analytical toolkit to inform sustainable urban futures.

The software used to support activities of the laboratory is open source, 
meaning the source code can be modified and re-distributed royalty and 
fee free. This open source geospatial laboratory is a joint initiative of 
the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and the Open Source 
Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).  The laboratory will see scientists and 
practitioners from the International Cartographic Association (ICA) and 
the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) collaborate closely with 
University colleagues.  This Australian facility will be part of a global 
network of open geospatial research labs known as ICA-OSGeo labs. 
Currently there are 22 ICA-OSGeo labs operating globally.  

Dr Christopher Pettit, Associate Professor at the University of 
Melbourne, Victorian Chair of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences 
Institute (SSSI) and Strategic Implementation Co-ordinator of AURIN will 
lead the initiative.  

"The University of Melbourne is one of the top research universities in
the world and has been a pioneer in Australian geospatial science
research,” said Professor Tom Kvan, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture,
Building and Planning. “We are delighted to collaborate with the ICA and
OSGeo to create this opportunity for our students and researchers, which
will encourage open geospatial teaching and related research in other

The facility will open in Sep 2013.

Further Information:

Dr Christopher Pettit
The University of Melbourne
Email: cpettit at unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 422 301 832

OSGeo is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2006 whose mission is 
to support and promote the collaborative development of open source
geospatial technologies and data.

ICA is the world authoritative body for cartography, the discipline
dealing with the conception,production, dissemination and study of maps.

More details at  

Dr Suchith Anand
Nottingham Geospatial Institute
Nottingham Geospatial Building
University of Nottingham NG7 2 TU
Tel: (0)115 82 32750

science.aspx http://elogeo.nottingham.ac.uk/



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