Monthly Tech Talk in March 2018: Spatial Data Discovery and Interoperabilit...

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12 hubs and online

Melbourne, Vic

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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: Spatial Data Discovery and Interoperability

Spatial Data, like many other forms of data, are becoming increasingly available to wider research, government, and business communities. Such a plethora of data resources, requires increased efforts to enable discovery of these resources by relevant audiences. Spatial data is also providing opportunities for connecting datasets through common geographic location. For instance, you can connect water levels, climate and species range to a single location or area, and trace shifts over time. There is a globally increasing demand for accuracy, standardisation and interoperability of spatial data. Being able to link data, by location, enhances research in many domains and particularly enables growth in the urban sector.

Three speakers will provide cases of research work, focussing on the opportunities in the spatial domain, and the challenges of interconnecting and promoting their spatial datasets. Also of interest is the recent Disaster Interoperability ( work by the Open Geospatial Consortium.


1.Simon Cox, Research Scientist (CSIRO Land and Water)
Simon has 20 years’ experience in metadata, spatial, and science data standards and vocabularies.

Spatial Data on the Web - best practices from the W3C/OGC

The joint W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group ran from 2015-17 and produced 5 significant outputs: (i) a standard OWL ontology for Time, (ii) a standard OWL ontology for Sensors, Observations, Sampling and Actuation, (iii) a note on use of the Data Cube ontology for earth observation (remote sensing) data, (iv) a note on the extension of the Data Cube ontology for time and space, and (v) a recommended set of best practices for Spatial Data on the Web. This presentation will introduce and summarize the spatial data best practices, which build partly on earlier W3C work on linked data and semantics, and partly on the accumulated experience of a large number of initiatives involved in the publication of spatial data.

See W3C Status doc (

simon.cox -at-

2. Miles Nicholls, Data Manager (Atlas of Living Australia;
Biodiversity in a spatial context

Talk Abstract - to follow
miles.nicholls -at-

3. Peter Dahlhaus, Principal Research Fellow, (Fed Uni Spatial;
Spatial data interoperability in practice

Our present time period provides unprecedented opportunities for a deeper understanding and appreciation of global environments, through big data collection and open data policies. However, simply collecting more data and increasing its availability does not necessarily answer the end-users’ questions. There are limitations in how to transform this data into a clear value proposition for the investor in spatial data decision tools. Recent research shows that the common limitations in system models for decision support are: 1) data scarcity (quantity, resolution and quality), and 2) inadequate knowledge systems to effectively communicate the results to the end-user. These limitations are greater obstacles to use of the tools than gaps in theory or technology.

p.dahlhaus -at-

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: *new loc'n* University of Adelaide: Conference Room 7.15, Ingkarni Wardli building, Lower Level, North Terrace campus. (starts 2.30pm ACDT)


1. UQ: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 2.00pm AEST)
2. USQ: Q528B, QBlock, Toowoomba Campus, University of Southern Queensland (starts 2.00pm AEST)

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

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

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

4.Victoria University, Footscray: Room A323, Footscray Park Campus (starts 3.00pm AEDT)


1.ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 12.00pm AWST)

2.Edith Cowan University, Building 31, Level 4, Room 447, Joondalup Campus (starts 12.00pm AWST)

Sydney: University of Technology Sydney: Room CB01.09.29, Level 9, UTS Tower, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, City Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEDT)

Want to know more?

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

Contact: This month, before the event, is on holiday.

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