November 30, 2018 | Young Professionals

Welcome to the December edition of SSSI Young Professionals GeoMessage.

The National Young Professional Committee has recently been working strongly with the SSSI CEO, Peter Olah, to delve deeper into the SSSI Strategic Roadmap and how young professionals fit into this. Next year will hold some positive changes in SSSI, including things that affect young professionals, so watch this space!


Work has also started in earnest to support the two national conferences held in 2019, Locate19 and the South East Asian Survey Congress 2019, and the committee has been working hard on plans to give both of these the best possible value for young professionals across Australia.


The committee welcomes submissions from the community regarding things that we could do better, feedback on past events, ideas for new events, or anything that might make the YPs better than ever. Please send an email to


World GIS Day - November 14

Around the world, November 14th is known as World GIS Day. In 1999, ESRI founder Jack Dangermond declared that this would be a day dedicated to showing how geographic intelligence touches everyone - a message that is more important now than ever before. With geospatial information in all its forms being heavily integrated into almost every industry, it reaches every human being on the planet on a daily basis. Geospatial information facilitates advancements in science and technology, education and politics, medicine and arts, just to name a few areas.

“The good cartographer is both a scientist and an artist. He must have a thorough knowledge of his subject and model, the Earth…. He must have the ability to generalize intelligently and to make a right selection of the features to show. These are represented by means of lines or colors; and the effective use of lines or colors requires more than knowledge of the subject – it requires artistic judgement.” - Erwin Josephus Raisz (1893 – 1968)

“A map is the greatest of all epic poems. Its lines and colors show the realization of great dreams.” - Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Editor of National Geographic (1903- 1954)

“Maps are like campfires – everyone gathers around them, because they allow people to understand complex issues at a glance, and find agreement about how to help the land.” - Sonoma Ecology Center


So take a moment, whether it’s GIS day or not, to think about the work that you do on a daily basis changes the world. Start a conversation with your friends, your family and your colleagues about this - you might be surprised to learn how deep it goes!


United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress

This month, one of our YPs, Roshni Sharma, was invited to be part of the Australian delegation to the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress, held in Deqing, China, in her capacity of Chair as Young Professionals for SSSI. While there, she represented Australia’s young professionals at the Young Geospatial Professionals Summit and connected with young professional leaders from countries and organisations around the world.


Roshni is using the inspirations and networks from this event to continue building the Australian SSSI Young Professionals to new heights, and to form collaborations with international organisations and create opportunities for Australia’s young professionals to be truly global citizens in their professional endeavours.


If you’d like to learn more about her time at the UNWGIC  or connect with her, please email


National High School Geospatial Information Competition

Closes 14 December, great prizes!

The Geospatial Information Competition has arrived. Presented by the Surveying & Spatial Science Institute and Destination Spatial Queensland, this competition emphasises the importance of geospatial science in an increasingly complex and exciting world. Teachers and students will be supplied with supporting materials to ensure effective engagement with their classroom subjects.


To find out more and to submit your entry before 14 December, visit


Young Professionals Career Development Webinar Series

“Embracing Diversity” by Karen Joyce and Stuart Phinn

13 December 2018


This webinar explores the concept of  “diversity” as an essential part of highly effective, productive and successful workplaces, and provide directions for how early and mid-career professionals can implement actions to ensure diversity is recognised, valued and built in your workplace, and accepted as a key part of professional practice and successful business. We will consider:

  • What is diversity and what is equity?

  • Why do we need to recognise and act to build and maintain diversity?

  • What is the value of diversity to a business, government, NGO or research organisation?

  • How can you assess diversity, recognise the need for change and act to enable positive changes for diversity?


Register now at:


Young Professionals Career Development Webinar Series

“Building on your strengths” by Kim Seeling Smith

16 January 2019


On average, do you tend to work on improving your weaknesses, or building on your strengths? Kim Seeling Smith from Ignite Global asks you to think about this question. She is an expert in HR and has consulted across 32 Industries in 8 different countries and is a recognised leader in hiring, motivating and retaining top talent.

In this webinar, we will look at what a strength is, and how focusing on improving your strengths can help you to be more engaged at work, more productive in your teams, and more fulfilled. We'll do this by looking at the three dimensions of strengths: Performance (how well you perform when using these strengths), Energy (how energised you are by using these strengths), and Use (how often you use these strengths).

Much more than something you are good at or capable of doing well, a strength also gives you energy when you perform it. Being motivated and enjoying your activities is what leads to engaged and productive individuals, teams, and organisations.


Register now at:


Are you looking to better understand digital transformation? Check out this great article from ESRI Australia on some useful lessons that BP have learnt on their journey-


Are you interested in diversity in the industry? Check out this article by Mary-Ellen Feeney, a successful and inspiring woman in spatial, to see what she has to say about it. You might also be interested in the Queensland Government’s recently released Gender Analysis Toolkit Resource,


Are you interested to read more about the balance between data privacy and data collection? Read an article to get you thinking here:


To read more about an example of collaboration between machine learning and the geospatial sciences, visit


If you’re not sure what you want to do with your professional life and are looking for some inspiration in your reflections, perhaps consider the Japanese practise of Ikigai - find out more here


Warm regards,

Roshni Sharma

Chair, Young Professionals | Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)
T:  +61 2 4950 5322 | M: +61 (0)407 757 756
75 York Street, Teralba, NSW 2284  |

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