Australia's new Liberal-National Government has disbanded the Climate Commission and major cities agency, rolled back the carbon tax and National Broadband Network, blocked additional funds to public schools (as recommended in the pre-election Gonski Report), has not named a specific Minister for Science and did not formally attend the United Nations' 2013 climate change conference.
These moves appear to undermine key potentials of the Virtual Australia vision – which is likely to also delay Read More
Geoscience Australia is testing a new system for analysing and visualising massive datasets linked to stacks of 'time slice' Landsat images.
The Australian Geoscience Space-Time Data Cube was promoted at a recent European Earth observation strategy workshop as 'a new paradigm for managing and using environmental data'.
The concept is to 'cube' datasets by stacking Landsat image 'tiles' in time sequences covering the same area of ground. It's like a geographic version of the Time Machine Read More
Christchurch's new Sensing City group is working with international research laboratories to test several small mass-market monitoring devices to help solve environmental and community challenges.
The trials are helping to pioneer an emerging public sector strategy known as crowdsourcing or volunteered geographic information. VGI is proving helpful for government agencies tackling public emergencies, and is included in international policies for developing national and global spatial data infrastructure Read More
Interactive online maps have been introduced to dynamically illustrate statistics in the fourth annual State of Australian Cities (2013) report. This is a key advance in Australia's development of a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) system, which ultimately could provide publicly available 3D video-imaging of census and other government-relevant statistics.
Compiled by the major cities unit of the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport since 2010, the cities report Read More