History

The origin of the Spatial Information and Cartography commission begins with AURISA (Australasian Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) a local version of URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) which is based in North America.
AURISA was formed to encourage professionalism in the newly emerging discipline of GIS and computer assisted cartography.

In accordance with the federal government's spatial action agenda, AURISA and several other professional bodies were dissolved to become the SSI (Spatial Sciences Institute). To ensure the interests of former members of the founding organisations were still adequately represented, commissions were formed within the institute, representing different professional streams. The Spatial Information Commission for GIS Professionals and the Cartography Commission for Cartographers.

The commissions for Cartography and Spatial Information were then merged together to pool resources and promote efficiency. The spatial information and cartography commission now exists in the current Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.

Latest SI+C News

FOSS4G SotM Oceania

FOSS4G SotM Oceania

SSSI partnered with FOSS4G & SotM and Melbourne University to hold the highly successful conference 20-23 November 2018. The VIDEOS of Key Notes and Plenary Presentations are now available to view.

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SSSI SICC News - December 2018

SSSI SICC News - December 2018

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

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Australia

Australia's Decadal (Strategic) Plan for Geography - launched 22 November 2018

The launch of Geography. Shaping Australia’s Future was held yesterday (22/11/2018) at the University of Sydney.

Produced by the National Committee for Geographical Sciences under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Science, Geography. Shaping Australia’s Future, is the decadal plan for Geography in Australia. This strategic plan, explains the contribution that geography makes to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Australians and Australia through research, education, training, skills, expertise and engagement with industry and the community.

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