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.

The Murray River is one of the most popular tourist locations in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia for watersports, fishing and recreation. Stretching 2,530 kilometers from the Great Dividing Range in the north east of Victoria to its mouth in Goolwa in South Australia.  The Murray River is one of the world’s largest navigable rivers and a major source of water for much of south eastern Australia.

Vector tiles are fast being adopted as the preferred option in viewing and transferring geographic data in desktop GIS and web mapping applications.  But, what are vector tiles and how do they differentiate from other approaches to presenting large collections of geographic data?

As part of my Cadetship at Spatial Vision, I designed and delivered an R&D project. After plenty of research, I chose to explore KNIME’s functionality, and how it can be applied within Spatial Vision. KNIME is a workflow based data transformation, analysis and deployment program.  Developed in Java using Eclipse as a free open source program, users are able to modify the base code of the program to suite their individual needs, allowing the creation of plugins to expand the functionality of KNIME. 

SV Maps is a mapping company owned by Spatial Vision. We design, create and publish a range of award-winning and innovative digital and hard copy maps to assist people plan their adventures or next holiday. We asked Darren Edwards, founder of Trail Hiking Australia, to take one of our maps, test it in the field and then write about his experience. This is Darren's account of hiking in Wilsons Promontory using an SVMaps Outdoor Recreation Guide.

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. 

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.

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