SSSI SICC News – August 2019

July 31, 2019
Chair Report – Kerry Smyth FSSSI, GISP-AP

August is the beginning of the Regional Conference season along with the build-up to the state-based Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards, which feed into the Oceanic APSEA to be presented at Locate20 in Brisbane. Whatever your plans at this busy time of year, make sure you find time to support your regional conference and gala awards event. Go to the regional events page for links to the details of events.

SICC Upcoming Elections

Nominations for the 2019-2021 commission representatives will open soon – two positions for each region. I encourage you to give serious consideration to stepping up as a SICC National representative. Professional volunteers are the lifeblood of SSSI – your time and skills can make a difference to the national agenda for this industry.  Don’t underestimate the benefits to your long-term career that a national and international profile generates.

Geographic Information System Professional – Asia Pacific (GISP-AP)

Did you know that over 140 individuals have attained GISP-AP Certification since its introduction in 2007? Some have retired and adopted Emeritus status, many have renewed (like me preparing a second 5-year renewal), and others have dropped the baton. One thing is certain – there are still professionals who value the edge that GISP-AP provides in the job stakes. So, get cracking, dust off your creds and make the effort to polish up your post-noms.

The SICC team and certification panel have been on a campaign to revamp the process, adopt the Body of Knowledge Mark2, and promote certification to employers. This means more work for the wicked (volunteers), so to gauge the likely return benefit, we need prospective GISP-AP candidates to express interest. We will be in contact with you all on this soon!

If you have any issues you want to bring to the National Agenda, please contact me.

Kerry Smyth

For business matters, contact SICC executive officer Imogen Craig who is located in the SA office:

Committee Meeting Report
July Committee Meeting
  • SICC Chair has received invitation to attend the URISA GIS-Pro Conference in New Orleans as delegate for the URISA -SSSI Exchange Program. In addition to the ambassadorial role there are several focus matters:
    • GISCI MoU – review and ratify
    • URISA-SSSI Exchange – review and ratify
    • Master Class reviews and offerings
    • Body of Knowledge M2
    • Leadership Academy – Asia Pacific (our initiative)
  • We are working on drafting a letter to go to GISP-AP certified professionals who are coming to the end of their certification period or who have lapsed, recommending they re-certify.
Advocacy Issues
Have an International Voice

The International Journal of Cartography is always open to accept papers from authors.  If you and your team are involved in innovative research and new projects, why not tell the world through the traditional channels as well as the new media channels? Sign-In here.

Victorian Digital Asset Strategy

Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) has developed a Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) to set expectations and coordinate the delivery of digital data and information from throughout the asset lifecycle. The VDAS seeks to "create, deliver and enhance digital assets that inform the delivery and whole-life management of world-class, effective and efficient physical assets" (VDAS, 2019).

Following the release of the VDAS in February, OPV has begun undertaking workshops with the industries involved in an asset's life cycle to develop guidance around the interaction of data, information and workflows. The surveying and spatial industry's initial workshop was held in late June, with stakeholders from government and private sector, to discuss the implications of VDAS on the practice of GIS and survey and the interfaces with BIM and Digital Engineering. The workshop will be followed up by additional consultation and feedback as the guidance is developed.

Member Highlights
Certified GISP-AP Announcements
  • Stephen Clague has been re-certified as a GISP-AP
  • Lyall Perry has been re-appointed to GISP-AP emeritus
Upcoming Events
SSSI SICC related events 

See below for the list of 2019 regional conferences

SSSI Victoria Surveying and Spatial Summit Fri 30 Aug | Melbourne 
Location Intelligence Forum & Exhibition (LIFE2019) | 4 Sept 2019 | Optus Stadium, WA
SSSI Tasmania Surveying and Spatial Conference (TSSC19) | Fri 20 Sep | Hobart 
SSSI NSW & ACT Conference | Wed 25 – Fri 27 Sep | Goulburn 
Qld Surveying & Spatial Day | Fri 18 Oct | BCEC, Brisbane 
Spatial Information DayFri 25 Oct | Adelaide Convention Centre

Check out the SSSI event calendar for all the events planned for this year. This is updated monthly and is a great resource for planning your professional development activities.

Other Association Events
Other News
Spatial Source Media

Spatial Source is Australia and New Zealand's web site for the geospatial surveying, GIS and mapping community. Click here to visit Spatial Source. 

International Cartographic Association

ICA News #72 - June 2019

eCARTO News June 2019
David Fraser is the editor of eCARTO news. He is the former Chair of the ICA Commission on Education and a retired professor of RMIT University Melbourne. Follow the link to subscribe directly.

Urban & Regional Information Systems Association – URISA

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Editorial Team – Acknowledgements

Georgie Cassar (lead)
Kerry Smyth

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