Straws in the Wind Blog Articles
• Silence is Golden?
• National Broadband Network, Spatial Data & Processing
• Industry Best Practice?
• Spatial Database Independence
• 2011 Oracle Spatial Excellence Award for Education and Research
• Tiling Very Large Rasters
• Cloud Computing GIS and Standards (OGC/ISO)
• Usefulness of Spatial Metadata as a Foundation for an Australian data.gov and other uses
• Vale Professor Pieter Roelof Zwart 1941-2010
• Interview by Nestoria on Real Estate Mapping
• Mapping surface area of a ruptured pipe in Oracle Spatial
• FOSS4G 2009 Sydney Presentation
• GIS software and Database Primary Keys
• To Constrain or Not to Constrain: There should be NO Question
• The Shapefile 2.0 Manifesto
• Maps of War Website
• Talk on Open GeoData in Australia
• Boarder and District Spatial Information Group Presentation on Spatial Datbases
• Presentations given by myself at the Australian Oracle Spatial Forum, Sydney, Thursday 28th August 2008
• The Sad State of SQL Spatial Standards - Take 2
• Radius Studio and ESRI (Part 2)
• The Sad State of GIS SQL Standards
• Microsoft to release their own spatial capability for SQL Server
• Radius Studio and FDO
• SpatialWare 4.9 Released
• First Radius Studio Certified Practitioner
• Image Catalog Tool - How To Videos
• Latest article published on Directions Magazine
• Image Catalog / GeoRaster Management Tools
• ESRI Ireland - Many Thanks
• PL/SQL Packages for Oracle Sdo_Geometry
• Professor Hanan Samet
• ADF and Spatial
• Bouquets and Brickbats
• Geomatics Degrees, Space Curves and Oracle Spatial
• Non-Persistent Types
• Feature Data Objects - Either/Or?
• A Thank You
Yesterday, Tuesday 20th January 2009, I gave a flawed, imperfect, rather long talk called Free And Open GeoData – From Shadows to Reality at the March South Together, linux.conf.au 2009 Conference at the University of Tasmania.
If one wants to get a message across, and perhaps be entertaining, one has to sprinkle one’s talk with deliberately harsh criticism of the status quo.
The simple reality is that access by individual people to large scale (accurate) government GeoData in Australia (principly road centrelines and street address points) such that they can value-add, remix or re-distribute their creations, is way too expensive and restrictive. Other government departments, private businesses and Google – via PSMA – are well catered for by the centralised state government departments that integrate local council data into single, high detail, state-wide datasets. So, saying and trying to explain why the situation exists for individual people, by trying to describe the Eco-System that public servant geospatial producers live in, will include inflammatory statements.
But in my talk I am also critical of the OpenStreetMap, Track2Australia etc projects even though they have all the right intentions. I think it is more important that we create a project for the capture of simple street address points for the purpose of free, online, geocoding.
I also make the point that “channel marketing” (if that is the right term) which sees hardware vendors purchase or team with software (data) vendors to create bundled products is both a limit to our freedom but may also, inadvertantly, be a key to unlocking government data in the future.
If I have gotten any facts wrong, please email me and, if you convince me that I am wrong, I will modify the talk on this website accordingly