The first SALtech Session of 2018 will be starting next Wednesday at 12.30.
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 🙂
The 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 🙂
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
Sometimes, 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:
These are services that cover the globe:
Some Australian States have viewing Portals for State spatial data: Read More
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 🙂
Curious about UAVs or just needing to check up on the current state of play with the technology and legislation?
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:
It also provides links to these two very useful resources:
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…
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]
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:
And work out what happens in the middle BEFORE you get anywhere near a keyboard 😉