SSSI SICC News - September 2018

August 31, 2018

Please find information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Spatial Information & Cartography Commission (SICC) as of September 2018.


NATIONAL Chair Report

National SICC Chair -  Kerry Smyth GISP-AP

Spring is the time of regeneration, colour and new growth.  For us time to re-establish our volunteer representatives and strengthen our committees.  Yes election time, mid term for SICC but still there are vacancies in every Region.  I encourage you to step up and be part of the journey with the new Strategic Road Map.

Only weeks away now, the round of Conferences and Awards in the regions.  I encourage you to watch for the calls for papers and sponsorship opportunities.  Professional profile and career development are enhanced by your participation in these outreach events.

I urge you to participate in the grass work activities of our Commission so that we can further support these types of opportunities in the future.

If you would like to contribute in any way please contact me personally.



summary of committee meeting 

The SICC Committee’s August meeting was primarily devoted to the review of the GISP-AP process.

The committee members discussed the experiences and observations had by themselves and/or their peers.  All put forward some ideas for improvement but agreed that there was a need to gather more information on the current procedures and standards.

A series of actions will follow to gather information and documentation to equip the committee with enough background to continue their review.



Member Highlights


The SICC congratulates the following professionals who were recently awarded the status of GISP-AP.

Jonah Sullivan has been admitted as a GISP-AP.

Veronika Frank has been re-certified as a GISP-AP for five years.

Since the last SICC newsletter in early June, the following new members have joined the SICC.

Welcome to the following members:



Member type

Zoran Kosanovic - Victoria - new member

James David Miller - Queensland - upgrade from student to member

Natassia Jade Day - Western Australia -   new member

Natassia Jade Day - Overseas - new member


Events Coming Up 



Currently submissions have been received and are being assessed for Spatial Excellence Awards in each State of Australia.  Award presentation events have been scheduled across the nation. Click here to look up the event for your state.

GovHack Competition

The National GovHack Competition is happening across the nation this weekend starting Friday evening. Many competition entries involve open government spatial data sets.  To find out more about this competition which runs over the weekend, You can still register to compete or simply observe.

SSSI events over the next few weeks:

SSSI TAS Conference on 14th September

Build your Influence – Professional Development Series 26th September

SSSI Vic Summit – 5th October

WA Location Intelligence Forum & Exhibition 2018 – Anything is Possible - 19th October 2018

SIDx and APSEA-SA – Adelaide - Friday 26th October

Other Association Events :

The International Cartographic Association (ICC) is calling for abstracts for ICC2019 in July in Tokyo. An interesting array of topics will be covered. Click here for more information.

FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 in Melbourne. 

For the first time, the FOSS4G and OpenStreetMap communities of Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania are gathering for 4 incredible days of exploring open source geospatial tech & open data.

This event will include a full day of workshops, a 2 day conference, a community day, and social events in the vibrant, yet laid back city of Melbourne.



Geospatial Information Competition for Schools

SSSI in conjunction with Destination Spatial is running a Geospatial Information Competition for schools.  The SICC Committee encourages you to promote this competition to schools and teachers in your own networks.

Vacancies on the National SICC Committee:

The SICC National committee has vacancies for representatives in all States, so if you are keen to be interested in making a difference to the SI&C Commission at a national level, then this is your opportunity.

You don’t have to be on a regional committee to join this one.

Details about the SI&C Commission objectives and who to contact is here.

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