Cyber Security Seminar for Students

Mouse and keyThe University Information Management and Technology Services (IMTS) is running a Cyber Security Seminar for Students on Wednesday 21st September at 12.30 in Building 20.4 on the Main Campus.

If you are interested in learning more about how to protect your identity and personal information online, and how to reduce your chances of becoming a target of online crime, register for the seminar.

If you have any questions about the workshop, or other IT issues on campus, a great place to start is with the Student IT Support Centre.

Maps Tweaks – grid label orientation

image of a blank layout showing a measured grid around a data I was asked today whether it was possible to change the orientation of the coordinate labels on the right hand side of a map layout so that, instead of the bottom of the text facing the edge of the page, they would face the edge of the map.

The good news – it is 🙂

In slightly more frustrating news – its a bit more fiddly than we’d like :facepalm:

If you need to do it though, the steps are below the cut… Read More

New Resources!

It’s been a little quiet here on the blog of late, but lots has happened in and around SEES and SAL so we know you haven’t been left with nothing to do 😉

We had our new Science Teaching Facility opened by Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC on Tuesday afternoon and have been busy getting our teaching spaces on the ground floor ready for use. Reports from those that have used the new labs indicate that all is going well.

We have also been busy in SAL, and have some new resources available from the Portal website for you to use: Read More

SAL Sessions

FakeBallotIf there is enough interest, we are going to try running a weekly, half-hour, informal discussion in SAL during Autumn session. In order to give these sessions the greatest chance of actually being helpful to you, below is your chance to vote for and/or nominate some topics for each week’s discussion, but more of that under the cut.

While not yet confirmed, 12pm on Wednesdays is currently the most likely time slot. If that is an awful time and you really want to take part, let me know (in the comments or in person) and, if there is consensus on another time or day, we will make that work if we can.

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Field Work Planning – Have you done yours?

dirt_trackIt can be kind of liberating to get out into the field early in a new research project. Without a sampling strategy and data collection plan though, you are probably wasting your limited research money 😦

Fortunately, there are heaps of ways to get some perspective on, and put together a plan for, your study site(s) before your feet pound the trail!

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Recently in SAL…

Bee Task HuntThe end of January saw an increasing influx of staff and students return from their summer fieldwork and holidays, so its been a bit quiet on the blog but very busy in SAL!

Most notably over the last couple of weeks we have:

  • Taken delivery of some more COWs, bringing our herd to 9
  • Refreshed several computers in the TOL (Spatial Research Lab), only TOL11 to go and the lab will be full of shiny new computers
  • Updated several sections of the SAL Portal – see below for details
  • Done a lot of back-end work on the systems that help us to support the applied spatial science research projects – which will make it easier for us to keep track of all of you
  • Helped to develop a (we think!) fun mini-lecture on the dangers of drop-bears and developing a field work plan for identifying the hunting grounds of this dangerous creature.

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Why Cite Spatial Data?

Like any resource that you use in your research, you need to cite the sources of spatial data too. Creating, maintaining, and making spatial data available for others is a resource intensive activity – as I am sure you have realised if you’ve ever been into the field to collect data for yourself!

The good news is, it’s pretty easy to get these citations right.

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This week in SAL

Our First COW
Our First COW

The School is in the process of acquiring a herd of COWs for use in the new Science Teaching Facility. As you can see from the picture, they are not ready for general use yet…

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Who was Toni O’Neill?

I occasionally get asked who our postgraduate spatial research lab is named after and why we call it the TOL. If you were wondering…

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Welcome to the SAL Tech Blog

This blog is an experiment for 2015.
If it works, we’ll try to keep it up 😉

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