thinking out loud

You’re a whatnow?

I’ve just seen the question “What’s the BEST way to explain being a GIS person?” or some variant of it appear on one of the many GIS&T discussion boards on which I lurk come up again.confusionIt both saddens and frustrates me that people cannot seem to realise that there are so many ways to ‘be a GIS person’ that this question is simply either extremely naive or somewhat disingenuous. Continue reading “You’re a whatnow?”

observation

Dear Australian Census Designers

Firstly, congrats on our first online census. That was awesome. I’ve heard there’s been some moaning but, humans + change = complaining, so no surprises there really! Being able to complete my submission on my phone after getting home from work filled me with respect for all the peeps involved.

There was just this one question, and maybe it’s a legacy issue, Continue reading “Dear Australian Census Designers”

OT

It’s been awhile…

Posting has always been sparse here, but this year has been utterly ridiculous due to the onset of a chronic migraine early this year that is only now being gotten under some level of control thanks to the tireless efforts of my amazing doctors, awesome friends & colleagues, and the infinite patience of my kitteh overlord: It would have been infinitely harder without any of them. Continue reading “It’s been awhile…”

spatial resources

NSW State Library #DigitiseMySuburb

The NSW State Library is digitising their historic subdivision plans!

image: Vertical Map Cabinet

A news release posted yesterday has invited people to use social media to get their suburb to the top of the list by tweeting @StateLibraryNSW using  #DigitiseMySuburb

Over 250 NSW towns and suburbs are included in the collection and the most tweeted suburb over the period 6th Jan to 17th Feb 2015 will move to the next in line for digitisation.

Subdivision plans from Alexandria are already available online if you are interested in that neck of Sydney.

teaching and learning

Need some Button Clicking monkeys? Anyone?

There’s a great post (My GIS is Better Than Yours (and other Lies)) by John G. Van Hoesen yesterday over at the Directions Magazine website. He has hit upon a topic close to my own heart, which is this:

  • The Geographic Information Software product(s) you use are not an indication of your knowledge and ability in the arts of Geographic Information Science

It’s really very unfortunate that ‘science’, ‘systems’ and ‘software’ all start with an S! Continue reading “Need some Button Clicking monkeys? Anyone?”