Sydney to host global spatial conference

PEL705 Sydney to host global spatial conference

In April, Sydney will host what the organisers claim will be “one of the biggest spatial events in history” when the Locate Conference and the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) Symposium join forces for a joint event being held 3-6 April 2017at the new International Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

According to the organisers “Locate16 attracted almost 500 attendees last year, and with the international audience attracted by ISDE, this number is expected to be far greater in 2017.”

ISDE is billed as “a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation, principally for promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.”

The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the ISDE. It started in 1999 and since then nine international symposia have been held: in China, Canada, Czech Republic, Japan, the United States, Australia, and Malaysia.

The International Society for Digital Earth was founded in Beijing and it also explores the role of the Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.

The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), which have recently merged.

According to the organisers, Locate 17 will provide both local and international guests with an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the latest trends and applications of the Digital Earth as well as forging new connections with subject matter experts from Australia and across the globe.

A full program for the conference is now available. It features a total of 19 separate streams, eight of which will be running concurrently at any time.

  • land surveying & administration
  • open data & government
  • big data
  • smart cities
  • capacity building
  • smart sensors for natural resource management
  • spatial infrastructure
  • virtual globes
  • agriculture
  • standards
  • intelligent transport
  • disaster & emergency management
  • engineering/utilities
  • research & innovation
  • water & climate
  • geospatial & economy
  • NASA smap tutorial
  • next generation positioning infrastructure
  • trends in surveying

The event also includes the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards gala dinner, on 5 April at which the winners of the 2017 awards will be announced. The awards recognise excellence by organisations and individuals in the spatial industry across the Asia Pacific region in six industry award categories and five individual award categories.

Also announced at the conference will be the winner of ISDE’s second video competition for young people, with the theme “Digital Transformation – Our Future”. It is sponsored by the Australian Government’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet – which recently created a Digital Transformation Office.

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