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The role of Geographic Information Services (GIS) in governance and regulation and CartoGIS Services supporting research and education



Kay Dancey and Sandy Potter


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU


Tuesday, 21 August, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

Around the globe, governments are recognising the value of spatial data. Many have made considerable investments in spatial data infrastructure. They are spatially enabled in that they organise and analyse around concepts of place and location to increase efficiency and reduce redundancy in service delivery.

For these governments, this spatial infrastructure often provides important location-specific context for issues ranging from healthcare, to water-management, crime, piracy, and tax fraud. Its capacity for analysis and for visualisation facilitates more targeted interventions in governance and regulation.

This talk discusses both the role that spatial analysis is playing in governance around the globe and explores the considerable spatial intelligence available to scholars in the College of Asia and the Pacific through CartoGIS Services, CAP.

It introduces the Asia-Pacific Map collection, which holds more than 40,000 maps and provide a vital window into the historic and contemporary Asia-Pacific region.

It outlines how our trained team of cartographers who are experts in spatial communication have worked with researchers to visualise, conceptualise and communicate key elements of their research.

Finally, this talk explores how we are supporting academics within the college to conduct their own spatial analyses which can be used to answer questions and engage with issues at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

This section illustrates how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can highlight issues with current data capture and governance and demonstrates the spatial impact of policies over time. It shows how the analytical potential of GIS can be used to combat commonly held myths and integrate with new technologies.

Come along to this seminar to hear how GIS is being used and can be used to support innovative research throughout RegNet and the College of Asia and the Pacific as a whole!

About the speakers

Kay Dancey, Manager CartoGIS Services, BScREM. Cartographer and GIS practitioner interested in meaningful data visualisation, communication and the advancement of GIS knowledge and application in research and education. Over 30 years data visualisation experience in government, commercial and educational institutions.

Sandy Potter, GIS Officer at CartoGIS Services. PhD Candidate at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU. Human Geographer interested in the application of GIS in a range of social applications. Sandy’s PhD Research involves working in partnership with Yawuru people in Broome, Western Australia to explore GIS use in post native title governance



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