Weekend IT Outage (17th-18th March)

Scheduled maintenance will take place this weekend the 17th-18th March from 6pm Saturday to 8am Sunday. There will be intermittent outages to the majority of services during this time, some of which may affect TOL users.

Please take this work into consideration if you are planning on using TOL over the weekend.

Planned Power Outage

There is a planned power outage for scheduled building maintenance that will affect the TOL happening on

Wednesday 21st March
between 5am and 8am

Do not schedule any long jobs over this period or plan to work in the lab over this time. If you come in the evening before, please shut down the computer you are working on and turn off the monitors.

Thank you HatTip

SALtech: February 2018

The first SALtech Session of 2018 will be starting next Wednesday at 12.30.

Fieldwork Planning for Data Analysis

How to make sure you have what you need when you get back to the office!

I have some resources that may help with your fieldwork trip planning and spatial data capture techniques. A little bit of pre-work can help you identify how best to capture your features of interest (points/lines/polygons?) and work out whether you have defined all the attributes you need, in a format that you will be able to use for the broadest variety of analysis options later.

RSVP under the cut – thanks  🙂


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2018 Scheduled Maintenance Dates

pexels-photo-273026The Scheduled Maintenance Dates affect after-hours work in SAL, so it is worth paying attention to when they are. The 2018 timetable has been released, and the dates are now up on the website.

Depending on the type of outage and what you need to use, you may be able to continue working over an outage period. Do not just assume everything will be fine though. Services will come and go as various phases of the maintenance are performed. Some users have made the mistake of thinking that because what they want is working “whenever now is” they will be ok for the rest of the maintenance period – only to find that is not the case… 😥

These times are provided well in advance to help you to schedule your work around them. If you are not sure whether you may be able to work through a particular outage, or you have a specific need to be able to work through an outage, please speak to one of the SAL tech staff at least a week in advance. With enough notice, we may be able to find a solution that will enable you to keep working  🙂

Earth-fixed vs plate-fixed and GDA2020

The march towards the adoption of GDA2020 continues, and one of the great things to have come out of this is the move away from the term “dynamic datum” to “earth-fixed datum”.

Not sure what the difference is?
Why it’s super interesting and you should care?

Ah ha, Dear Reader, read On! Read More

Exploring your Study Area

pexels-compassInHandSometimes, you just need to see your research area to help get a handle on what you are doing. There are a number of online tools that can help you get an overview of your site, here are some to get you started:

Global Viewers

These are services that cover the globe:

State / Regional Viewers

Some Australian States have viewing Portals for State spatial data: Read More


This site is a resource for the Spatial Analysis Laboratories.
Here you will find a range of tools and information that may assist you with your application of spatial science in your research activities… Read More

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]