Monthly Tech Talk in August: Geospatial data for research

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ANDS, NeCTAR, and RDS Nodes - QCIF, Intersect, NCI, TPAC, VICNode, eRSA and Pawsey have joined forces to organise a monthly Tech Talk virtual and face-to-face meeting.

For more and latest information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the MeetUp.

Topic: Geospatial data for research


1. Understanding the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard as a tool for integrating and analysing data

Kathryn Hooton, Geospatial Solutions, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Kathryn has been involved in the design and update of the Statistical Areas since the inception of the ASGS in the lead.The talk will provide a short summary of how the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is designed to support the accurate compilation and effective integration and analysis of statistical data. The 2016 edition of the ASGS is the first time that the ABS Statistical Areas in the ASGS have been updated. The talk will look at how the ASGS balances the requirement to maintain stability for effective integration and comparison of data over time against the need to update some boundaries to provide the ability to better analyse data in changing areas. It will also cover the tools available to users to understand and manage the update to the ASGS.

2. The Australian Flammability Monitoring System

Dr Marta Yebra, The Australian National University

The Australian Flammability Monitoring System (AFMS) is the first, continental-scale prototype web service providing spatial information on current Live Fuel Moisture Content (LFMC) and landscape flammability conditions derived from satellite observations. The current system uses reflectance data from the MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectrometer) instruments at 500 m spatial resolution. The satellite observations are converted into FMC using a radiative transfer modelling inversion approach that can equally be applied to observations from other satellite images. In my talk, I will present the prototype web service providing live data on LFMC and associated landscape flammability that has been built in consultation with end users to adapt the system to their information content, presentation and format requirements. The AFMS may support a range of fire management activities such as prescribed burning and pre-positioning of firefighting resources and may inform the future National Fire Danger Rating System.

Dr Marta Yebra is Research Fellow at the Water and Landscape Dynamics Group in the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Her main background is in remote sensing of vegetation biophysical properties, such as fuel load and moisture content for spatial fire risk analysis, and canopy conductance for carbon sequestration and water balance studies. In 2017, Dr Yebra was awarded the prestigious Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Science.

3. eCat – the need to know

Belle Tissott, Joseph John and Martin Capobianco - Geoscience Australia

eCat is the central, searchable repository for dataset descriptions (metadata) relating to data held by Geoscience Australia (GA).eCat is GA's open source Geonetwork catalogue application and this talk will cover why Geonetwork and how GA have gone about implementing it.

Who should come along?

The general purpose of this virtual plus face-to-face meeting is twofold:

  1. Provide a national forum for developers working with research data and/or research data management to discuss topics of interest

  2. Enable a dialogue between developers and NCRIS facilities

This event is for anyone who wants to know more about tech aspects of data and NCRIS facilities:

  • developers

  • data scientists

  • researchers who are building data tools

  • data technologists

  • data librarians

How does virtual and face-to-face work?

Tell us which of the 12 hubs you'll be attending (on the next page when you complete this Eventbrite registration.)

    • If attending you are highly recommended to physically attend at one of the hubs where feasible. For attendees who are not able to reach a hub, please select "Join Remotely" when registering (see links below). Limited remote attendee spaces.

    • First 30 remote attendees in will be emailed the Zoom Meeting ID. Further attendees will be waitlisted and emailed Zoom Meeting ID if space.

    • To guarantee attendance, join one of the physical meetings or set up your own location. Min: 4 attendees.

    • If you are unable to join on the day remotely, you can access the slides shortly after the event.

If you wish to set up a new hub location for Monthly Tech Talks, please request using the meeting contact below

The talks will take about an hour (3:00pm-4:00 pm AEST), followed by face-to-face networking and discussion at the 11 hub locations (4:00pm-5:00 pm), facilitated by local hub facilitators:

Adelaide: University of South Australia: Room 6-13, Jeffrey Smart Building, UniSA City West Campus starts 2.30pm ACST) (August)

University of Adelaide: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus (returning in Sept.)


1. UQ: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 3.00pm AEST)
2. USQ: Q528B, QBlock, Toowoomba Campus, University of Southern Queensland (starts 3.00pm AEST)

Canberra: Canberra (Australian National University): meeting room 1, 9 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601 (starts 3.00pm AEST)

Hobart: CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere: Huon Room, Building 1 Reception Level, Castray Esplanade, Battery Point (starts 3.00pm AEST)

1. Deakin University: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street (starts 3.00pm AEST)
2. Monash University: G22, Ground Level, S.T.R.I.P. 1, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash Clayton Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEST)
3. La Trobe University, Bundoora: Vislab, Research Commons, La Trobe Library (starts 3.00pm AEST)


1.ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 1.00pm AWST)

2.Edith Cowan University, Building 31, Level 4, Room 447, Joondalup Campus (starts 1.00pm AWST)


1.University of Technology Sydney: Room CB01.12.25, Level 12, UTS Tower, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, City Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEST)

2.The University of Sydney: Digital Scholarship Studio, Level 5, Fisher Library, Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney.

Want to know more?

For more information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the Tech talk MeetUp.

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