Last month our entire workplace ventured offsite for a values workshop. The purpose of this was to cement our already existing values into a clear-cut statement that would reinforce our existing culture, allow us to achieve company goals and ensure that potential new employees have similar values. It was also important that all staff could strongly recognise and associate with each of the values and principles.
Spatial Vision was recently commissioned by Emergency Management Victoria (EMV), to update the Victorian State Command Centre wall map. The original wall map was produced by Spatial Vision back in 2004 and was starting to show its age. Fading from the sun over time and peeling off the wall meant it was no longer an effective operational product for the State Command Centre team during critical operations.
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.
Creating a good map is essential when it comes to getting an important message across to an intended audience, but have you ever thought that the conclusions you draw from the information on the map could be unintentionally biased? Maps are not only key tools for spatially displaying trends in data and changes over time; they can also be quite influential in how you interpret the information, depending on what message the creator wants to portray.
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.
Recently, a client commissioned us to map a web map of Australia to distribute in China. Specifically, the use case called for a web map of Australia with Chinese language labels, so that Chinese native-speakers could easily interact with the map of Australia in their own language. Both states and capital cities needed labels, and of course the more readable the cartography underneath – the better.
Last week I attended the HIC Conference in Brisbane. This conference was run by the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and highlighted innovation and the digital transformation of the healthcare sector. There was a focus on the central role that information and health informatics brings in connecting the health care system, being smart with data, and enhancing practitioner and consumer experience in healthcare interactions.