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Password Management

I came across this YouTube video from The Verge today which, I think, does a great job of explaining why you want to put a little bit of effort into managing your passwords.

Whatever ‘system’ you use, if you are using the same password (or set of passwords) everywhere, you are leaving yourself vulnerable and courting trouble. Yes, you can never be 100% assured that you will never be hacked – but managing your passwords reduces your risk, increases your ability to respond quickly should it ever happen, and just makes good sense 🙂

Droning On…..

Curious about UAVs or just needing to check up on the current state of play with the technology and legislation?

Drone_silhouetteCHOICE has just released a report on Drones and Australian Law and updated their Drone Reviews  🙂

While you need to be a CHOICE member to benefit from their lab tests, just seeing which ones they have tested can be interesing. The CHOICE article is worth a read as it provides a neat, up-to-date, summary on:

  • the current rules
  • new rules that are on the way
  • small VS large drones
  • some do’s and dont’s
  • a short discussion on the impact drones are having on the concept of ‘privacy’

It also provides links to these two very useful resources:

SALtech – Sept 2017

Making Maps: The Good, The Bad, and the What the?!?

We’ve all seen them, those maps and data visualisations that have caused us to scratch our heads in bewilderment, or worse…

  • What did they mean?
  • What was this coloured line supposed to tell you?
  • Is that shape and this shape the same colour – or are they different things?
  • Why did this work for that map, but it just isn’t working for this new map I am trying to do?

The scope for potential bafflement is limitless, unfortunately  😦

And if you are confident your design / map-storytelling skills are spot on, where do those data citations need to go again?

Bring your favourite maps (good, bad, or spectacular for other reasons!) or a map you are working on (if you are feeling brave  😉  ) and come talk all things cartography and spatial data visualisation with us at the second last SALtech session for 2017!

SEES Map Library and Collaboration Space at 12pm on Tuesday 5th Sept. Don’t forget to let me know you’re coming:

[edit: rsvp form removed]

SALtech: GISc Model Development

Think, Plan, Act (puzzle pieces)

Hullo SALtech-ers  🙂

Tomorrow is the GISc Model Development discussion session!

When?  11am in the Map Library (11th July 2017)

So, no spatial software, no computering, just our brains, creativity and whatever you prefer to draw or make lists with. Bring your research problems and whatever works for you when it comes to brainstorming; pencil & paper, a tablet, a page from your mates notebook and a borrowed pen…

We will dicsuss some geospatial techniques you can use to get from:

  • What I have…


  • Where I hope to be

And work out what happens in the middle BEFORE you get anywhere near a keyboard 😉

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SALtech sessions – roving Tuesdays

Latest update: 23rd June
The SALtech session for June has now been postponed.

A recurring meeting was been booked over the top of our regular booking by someone who is more senior than myself so I have been trying to work out a schedule around it.

As with many things geospatial, flexibility, patience and attention to detail will have to be our friends though as there is no simple solution to the scheduling situation. As  things currently stand, the next few dates are likely to be:

  • Tuesday 27th June – this is locked in, I will find another venue if necessary!
    Now changed again…
    The topics are just going to move back a month.
  • Tuesday 11th July – 1 week later than planned
  • Tuesday 8th August- 1 week later than planned
  • Tuesday 5th September – as originally planned
  • Tuesday 3rd October – as originally planned

These dates are not confirmed!

The other booking in the Map Library may disappear as suddenly as it appeared, or another may trump it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Keep an eye on the blog if you want to know what’s happening. An email will be sent out to SEES in the week before the next SALtech session for those who are members of the School.

Scheduling Web

GPS Trip Planning

If you are going out into the field and have enough flexibility in your planning to factor in getting the best possible satellite coverage for your GPS data collection, the Trimble GNSS Planning Online tool is definitely worth checking out. Read More

Printable 3D Terrain Models

Touch Terrain is a webservice developed by Chris Harding and Franek Hasiuk of Iowa State University’s GeoFabLab. The tagline of the site is:

Easily Create 3D-Printable Terrain Models

The tool uses a Google API to help you select your area of interest, so they aren’t joking about it being easy when it comes to finding the where for your model!

The rest of the interface is refreshingly straightforward too, providing heaps of options for customisation. Including three worldwide elevation models, hillshading options, and three export formats 🙂

I don’t have access to a 3D printer  😦
But! The image above is a model of Wollongong I created using TouchTerrain and the TouchTerrain for CAGEO viewing tool  😀

You can see one of Chris Harding’s models online here. There is more detailed elevation data available over the US, so US models are more detailed…

SALtech – March 2017

The first session of 2017 will be

Fieldwork Planning for Data Analysis
12 pm Tuesday 7th March
Map Collection & Collaboration Room

Topics up for discussion will include:

  • resources for exploring your study area from the desktop
  • identifying attributes to collect while in the field
  • Points, line or polygons?
    What’s the best way to capture your feature(s) of interest…?
  • Field based coordinates and map projections
  • Sampling Strategies –
    • can it be implemented in the field based on the planning you have done?
    • will it allow you to do the analysis you hope to do once back in the office?
    • should you pre-load your sampling strategy into a GPS?

If you are planning to join us, please let me know  🙂

[edit: registration form removed after event]