University of Ballarat Spatial Research


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Spatial research is a growing area of focus for the University of Ballarat. This presentation profiles some of the activities which the Centre for eCommerce and Communications is involved in leading.

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University of Ballarat Spatial Research

  1. 1. Spatial ResearchCeCC Success 2/5/12
  2. 2. Background• The Centre for eCommerce and Communications (CeCC) is located within the Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Ballarat.• Key areas of applied research, commercial activities and community engagement include eResearch, digital futures and spatial research.• Spatial research projects vary in their scale, complexity and technology use.• This presentation illustrates how different approaches and technologies are being utilised in diverse contexts.CeCC Success 2/5/12
  3. 3. Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterThe VVG portal providesaccess to groundwater datafrom across Victoria. Itfeatures a unique state-widemap of over 275,000 bores,providing access to a user-friendly database offering themost comprehensive view ofgroundwater data in Victoria.CeCC Success 2/5/12
  4. 4. Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater• Interoperability – Consumes and provides layers and data – Map generated from seven separate data sources dynamically – Map data is consumed via SOAP web service or WFS – Project is contributing to development of ISO standard for Ground Water Markup Language (GWML 2.0) for future interoperability.• Features – Large dataset, Redlining, Layer querying, Map export• Technology – Open layers, Map server, Spatially enabled database, WMS,WFS, GML, GWMLCeCC Success 2/5/12
  5. 5. Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterComing soon• 3D visualisations of the ground water system – In conjunction with Queensland University of Technology• Historical map overlays – In conjunction with State Library of Victoria – digitisation of original mapped records• Mobile interface – Tailored functionality and simplified menu for mobile usersCeCC Success 2/5/12
  6. 6. Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterCeCC Success 2/5/12
  7. 7. Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterCeCC Success 2/5/12
  8. 8. Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterCeCC Success 2/5/12
  9. 9. Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterCeCC Success 2/5/12
  10. 10. CeCC Success 2/5/12
  11. 11. Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterCeCC Success 2/5/12
  12. 12. Visualising Victoria’s GroundwaterCeCC Success 2/5/12
  13. 13. UB Spatial• UB Spatial provides the most relevant and current Natural Resource Management data in an environment where it can be shared with and accessed by catchment managers, researchers, consultants, municipalities, government agencies and members of the general public.• Technology – Map server, Open layers, Spatially enabled database• Features – Redlining, Custom imagery (Aerial imagery available as a base layer)CeCC Success 2/5/12
  14. 14. UB SpatialCeCC Success 2/5/12
  15. 15. UB SpatialCeCC Success 2/5/12
  16. 16. UB SpatialCeCC Success 2/5/12
  17. 17. UB SpatialCeCC Success 2/5/12
  18. 18. Integrated Fire Management Planning• An interoperable spatial information system for Barwon South West stakeholders• Providing access to the most current relevant information and fire risk data• Supporting the community to develop integrated regional and local fire management plans.• Technology – Open layers, VicMAP API• Features – Layer stacking, layer transparency, interoperable dataCeCC Success 2/5/12
  19. 19. Integrated Fire Management PlanningCeCC Success 2/5/12
  20. 20. Integrated Fire Management PlanningCeCC Success 2/5/12
  21. 21. Dairy Innovation Australia• C-Milk is an acronym for a Collaboration on Milk Industry Knowledge.• The web accessible prototype platform provides dairy industry participants with a tool for monitoring and benchmarking milk production and quality• For the first time delivering a single point of access to the relevant dairy data from across Australia to achieve this.• Technology – Open layers, Spatially enabled database, Dynamic layer generation from production database, Custom geographical regionsCeCC Success 2/5/12
  22. 22. Dairy Innovation AustraliaCeCC Success 2/5/12
  23. 23. Dairy Innovation AustraliaCeCC Success 2/5/12
  24. 24. Dairy Innovation AustraliaCeCC Success 2/5/12
  25. 25. Corangamite CMA Knowledge BaseA web-based knowledge base:• Designed to effectively support the Corangamite CMA and other key stakeholders• Assists in developing natural resource management focused research and development projects within the Corangamite region• Goal is to leverage past projects and fill identified gaps and/or priority areas for researchCeCC Success 2/5/12
  26. 26. Corangamite CMA Knowledge BaseCeCC Success 2/5/12
  27. 27. Corangamite CMA Knowledge BaseCeCC Success 2/5/12
  28. 28. Corangamite CMA Investment PortalA natural resource investment framework that layers thegovernment priorities for investment, catchment strategies andregional plans with existing environmental asset data to deriveinvestment needs and opportunities.• Technology – Map server, Open layers• Features – Layer stacking, Layer transparency, Layer querying – InteroperableCeCC Success 2/5/12
  29. 29. CMA Investment PortalCeCC Success 2/5/12
  30. 30. CMA Investment PortalCeCC Success 2/5/12
  31. 31. CMA Investment PortalCeCC Success 2/5/12
  32. 32. Sport and Recreation Spatial• A national geographic information system (GIS) for presenting spatial data.• The goal is to provide the sport and recreation sector with increased capacity for research, strategic planning, and development of participation programs and facilities.• Technology – Map server, Open layers, Spatially enabled database, Thematic maps, Large dataset (ERASS 10 year survey), queryable layers, sortable layers, transparent layersCeCC Success 2/5/12
  33. 33. Sport and Recreation SpatialCeCC Success 2/5/12
  34. 34. Sport and Recreation SpatialCeCC Success 2/5/12
  35. 35. Sport and Recreation SpatialCeCC Success 2/5/12
  36. 36. Sport and Recreation SpatialCeCC Success 2/5/12
  37. 37. Regional ICT Studies• Extensive experience in coordinating regional and local ICT planning projects: – Great South Coast Regional Communications Strategy – Yarra Ranges Opportunity Assessment for Economic and Community Growth through the Broadband Economy – Wimmera Southern Mallee and Central Highlands ICT studies – Moorabool Community Broadband and Telecommunications Strategy – Ballarat ICT 2030 strategy• Research results presented using innovative approaches: – Live geographical analysis of business and community survey data – Technologies : Customised Lime Survey package, Google Maps APICeCC Success 2/5/12
  38. 38. Regional ICT studiesCeCC Success 2/5/12
  39. 39. Regional ICT StudiesCeCC Success 2/5/12
  40. 40. Birchip Cropping GroupWildlife Ponds• Collaborative projects around knowledge management, member communications and technology innovation with BCG since 1999• The Wildlife Ponds project was developed to demonstrate and promote the use of new web technologies to enhance biodiversity on-farm• Technologies utilised included an interactive map for users to contribute information, images and videos of wildlife spotted in their area – Google Maps, API, Social MediaCeCC Success 2/5/12
  41. 41. Wildlife PondsCeCC Success 2/5/12
  42. 42. Seeding Victoria• Seeding Victoria (previously Ballarat Region Seed Bank) has consistently demonstrated its ability to deliver appropriately sourced indigenous seed for regional re-vegetation works• The Seeding Victoria Seed Supply System has been developed to support stock management, seed collection, seed testing and revegetation area information• Groups or individuals undertaking revegetation projects can browse the seed catalogue online, view the species native to specific areas and place orders for seed.• Technology: Google Maps API, Custom database, Radius searchCeCC Success 2/5/12
  43. 43. Creswick Regional SeedbankCeCC Success 2/5/12
  44. 44. Australian Digital Soil Mapping• OzDSM is a collaborative workspace for researchers working on digital soil mapping (DSM) in Australia.• DSM utilises numerical methods and information technologies to produce predictive maps of soil types and their properties.• Technologies include Map server, Open layers with features incorporating• Features: Spatially enabled database, Layer queryingCeCC Success 2/5/12
  45. 45. CeCC Success 2/5/12
  46. 46. CeCC Success 2/5/12
  47. 47. Grains Research and DevelopmentCorporation• The GRDC Online Libraries project has included undertaking research to inform staged implementation of customised web- based workflow systems and the collation, evaluation and conversion of GRDC final reports into a consistent format for dissemination via GRDC internal and external online services• Project outputs include the spatial presentation of informaiton about past research based on factors such as agro-ecological zones• Underlying technologies include Map server, Open layers, Spatially enabled database, and layer queryingCeCC Success 2/5/12
  48. 48. GRDC Digital LibrariesCeCC Success 2/5/12
  49. 49. GRDC Digital LibrariesCeCC Success 2/5/12
  50. 50. UB Commute• Australia’s first National Telework Week was held in November 2012 to raise awareness of the opportunities, benefits, and practical issues associated with working from home.• The University of Ballarat participated as a Telework Partner. Activities included creating a visualisation to demonstrate the commuting patterns of more than 1,000 UB staff.• The visualisation demonstrates the distance and time associated with travel by staff between their home and destination campus location• Technologies included Google maps API and animated display.CeCC Success 2/5/12
  51. 51. UB CommuteCeCC Success 2/5/12
  52. 52. UB CommuteCeCC Success 2/5/12
  53. 53. Summary of areas of focus• Spatial and eResearch – Environment • Groundwater monitoring, landslides and salinity • Digital soil mapping • Fire management planning • Citizen science – Health and wellbeing • Participation in sport and recreation – Agribusiness • Grains research • Dairy production • Farming trials• Digital futures – Advocacy and planning linked to next generation communications – Central Highlands Digital Enterprise ProgramCeCC Success 2/5/12
  54. 54. Some reference sites••• id=107&Itemid=451••••••• Success 2/5/12
  55. 55. Further InformationHelen ThompsonDirectorCentre for eCommerce and Communications• Phone: 03 53279418• Email:• Email: Success 2/5/12