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Using the latest geospatial and cloud technologies, we provide interactive web resources to improve organisational and community engagement and utilisation. Our skills encompass a variety of technologies including Open Source and proprietary products including ArcGIS Online, CartoDB and Leaflet.
When we use the term ‘data visualisation’ it conjures up an image of charts, maps and dashboards, but it’s far more complex than this. Over the last few years, there has been steady development of cloud-hosted applications that are becoming increasingly affordable and accessible, with many built on open-source frameworks.
Recently, our partners GIS Cloud travelled to Australia to exhibit at the Australian Utility Week as Strategic Sponsors, and promote the GIS Cloud platform in workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand. GIS Cloud offers a complete location-based solution for a variety of workflows in a wide range of use cases. The GIS Cloud platform allows you to build your own web and mobile apps on top of one of the fastest vector map engine technologies available today.
We are very happy to announce that in collaboration with our partners GIS Cloud, three GIS Cloud workshops will be held across Australia to assist people in learning how to harness GIS Cloud technology, and apply it in their workplace. The GIS Cloud team are travelling to Australia from Europe and will take part in various activities, including the exhibition at Australian Utility Week and meetings with clients and users all around the continent.
Generating complex gazetteer indexes is the bane of cartographers. Before the advent of computers, this was an entirely manual process. With the development of geographic information systems and relational databases, the process has been automated somewhat, though in spite of this automation process, errors can still creep in.
Spatial Vision proudly publicly declared their support for marriage equality in Australia. Spatial Vision is as an organisation that values diversity, human rights and a fair and respectful environment for all. The mood for change in Australia is definitely evident and it is important that, whichever side of the debate you sit on, you participate in the postal survey. After all, the survey is costing tax payers $122 million.
The best solutions are often dead simple. Here at Spatial Vision, we started using GIS Cloud, an online mapping platform, just a few years ago, but we knew a winner when we saw it. Easy to get going without compromising on features.
Turns out, Victoria’s arborists knew a great platform when they saw it too. Within months firms all across the state were using GIS Cloud to build maps of the trees on the properties they manage. At your desk or on your phone, a robust database of every tree that falls under your purview, complete with any information you care to catalog about the plant, including photos of the branch situation. Let GIS Cloud colour code the trees based on their current condition, by how long it’s been since you’ve checked up on them or simply by species.
Federal and State elections bring into focus a broad range of issues, some or many of which are very important to us. Ultimately, it is the balancing of these issues and judgements about the various visions, priorities and programs on offer that determines how we vote.
Many of the promises offered up by the different parties can be presented in map form. Using interactive map tools, new spatial technology is allowing voters to engage and better understand issues than ever before. Spatial Vision’s itsyourvote.com.au is a good example of such an approach. This site shows how social and political issues that emerged in the lead up to last year’s Victorian State Election could be visualised in the form of interactive maps.
A problem that arises often when utilising GIS data is the way labels are rendered on the map, particularly labels that contain more than one word. Take for instance a place name such as Koo wee rup (in Victoria). Some GIS applications allow you to stack labels (place words on top of each other) to condense multi-word labels so that they better indicate the location of the place. This is a useful feature, but place names made up of three or four words can look odd when stacked, particularly if they are made up of short words, say three characters or less.