Realising the value

Understanding open and value-added spatial data

Dan Paull launches the AIIA's Geospatial Special Interest Group's paper at the Canberra Managers Forum, 1 December 2015.

I am pleased to be here today representing the AIIA Special Interest Group on all things geospatial - including geospatial data. Or location data, as it’s more commonly known.

It is great to have this opportunity to encourage you to download a copy of our discussion paper: Realising the value: Understanding open and value-added spatial data.

The Geospatial SIG was established by members, like me, who are passionate about the enabling potential of location data.

The growth of disruptors and innovators such as Uber is being fuelled by their agile use of location data. Indeed, many of the innovative developments that have emerged in the last decade have been generated from the everyday functionality associated with how humans combine connectivity and location.

Think about your smartphone. Nearly every app is underpinned by location, whether you are aware of it or not.

The great news is that, as the governments of Australia make substantial inroads in opening access to their data holdings, more andS more location data is being publicly released and more easily accessed.

With location data more accessible, the Geospatial SIG has taken this opportunity to explore this further.

There’s no doubt that location data can certainly help entrepreneurs and technology startups create great new products and services.

But even for long-established businesses, it can assist in uncovering opportunities for innovation.

Location data provides valuable context for decisions, plans and business outcomes and can provide insights into people, places and services that were not previously apparent.

The Geospatial SIG has produced this paper as we want to encourage and support more AIIA members to think about how they can benefit from the open data and the use of location data and services.

This includes thinking about the value of access to raw foundation spatial information as well as ‘business-ready’ spatial datasets and ensuring that the increasingly sophisticated technology we are seeing around us is able to be supported by similarly-sophisticated location data.

The AIIA Geospatial SIG would welcome your feedback and participation.

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