The 2019 ANZMapS conference, 'Mapping in Action', held at the National Library of Australia on 24-25 September, focused on presentations by students about the use of mapping in their research. The $1000 prize for best student presentation was awarded to Robert Streit , a PhD student with the Reef fish ecology and evolution lab at James Cook University, Townsville, for his presentation on "Space use in reef fishes: why we need maps in reef ecology" Congratulations Robert! Robert being awarded his prize by ANZMapS president Dr Martin Woods. All our student presenters (l to r: Kirrily Apthorp/ANU, Percy Rakoto/RMIT, Mae Noble/ANU, Inge Riebe/ANU, Oscar So/RMIT, Cynthia Parayiwa/ANU, Robert Streit/JCU, Hedvig Skirgard/ANU, Melissa Pineda Pinto/Swinburne; absent: Micah Edwards/Nowra Christian School & Nicholas Skopal/ANU)
The ANZMapS committee is seeking ways to connect with new audiences, to ensure that existing members get value for their membership and have input into future directions. We have devised a SURVEY to collect your views and hear about your experience of the Society. By completing this 5-10 minute survey, you will help us assess current activities and consider potential new directions. All responses to the survey are confidential, and individual responses will not be identified in the reporting of findings. The survey will be available throughout October, and you are welcome to share it with others you think may be interested.
The draft programme for our upcoming conference 'Mapping in Action' to be held at the National Library of Australia, Tue 24 & Wed 25 September, is now available.
Registration is now open for the special event, "Mapping in Action", to be held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, Tue-Wed 24-25 September 2019. Mapping in Action brings together spatial science students, historians and map lovers for this unique ANZMapS event. “Mapping in Action will showcase the latest in spatial information, data visualisation and historical mapping, with prizes awarded the best presentations, and open the doors to Australia’s largest map collection. Its my pleasure to introduce such a diverse group of speakers and subjects.” Dr Martin Woods, Senior Curator of Maps and Research at the National Library of Australia Over two days, Mapping in Action will show how linguistic properties of Indigenous placenames can be mapped, how maps are used to understand Marine Protection, the ecosystem of Port Phillip Bay, the British Music Trade, cultural practices in Papua New Guinea, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and much more. There are new tools, including Geoscience Australia’s Aerial Photography Through Time, and the National Library’s Mapwarper. Day 2 will include a behind the scenes tour of the Library’s vast map collection. See the Event webpage for registration details.
ANZMapS' Mapping In Action special event will be held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra on Tue 24 and Wed 25 September 2019. The Conference Committee is now seeking submissions for presentations. Share with other researchers how maps and spatial science help us interact with, interpret and understand society, the environment, history and science. Call for Presentations Outlines (200 words): submit here Deadline for submission: Friday 31 July 2019. The Dorothy Prescott Prize for best presentation will receive $500 and publication in The Globe. This year there is also a special $1000 prize for the best student presentation! Registration Full registration: $40 per day ($80 for 2 days). Student registration: $20 per day ($40 for 2 days) Registration includes morning/afternoon tea and lunch. Check the conference page for updates. Proceedings Sessions will be held on Tuesday 24th and the morning of Wednesday 25th September, followed by a visit behind the scenes of the NLA's Map Collection on Wednesday afternoon. View the unique maps and ephemera that make up Australia's largest map collection. ANZMapS Membership Presenters and attendees are not required to be members, but why not join up anyway, and receive 2 issues of our journal The Globe each year. Annual membership only $60! Annual student membership only $30! Join here.
NLA Maps Georectifier has been designed to georeference and publish a set of historical maps on Open Street Map. Georectification (or georeferencing), simply means marking recognisable points on both the historical map and another map, in this case Open Street Map. The pilot is now ready for trialling and comment - http://georekt-test.nla.gov.au/ The data set currently comprises about 1000 digitised parish and town maps of NSW/ACT and nearby regions. Over the next six-months, the Library plans to add a layer of topographic maps, and wider geographic coverage. The tool allows users to setup a login to georeference the maps. Once enough points have been added, the map is then submitted for rectification, and published for online use. Its actually quite fun and addictive - a bit of a Tetris exercise to get the maps to match up. The Library is hopeful too, that a few more keenly interested individuals will become publishers...
Each year the Society awards the Patricia Alonso Memorial Prize to the best Third Year student in RMIT’s Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) degree. The prize consists of a $500 award, plus one year’s membership of ANZMapS. The award is made at the student awards dinner in August of the following year. In 2018, the award for best third year student in the class of 2017, was made to James Embury, and presented by ANZMapS' past president Greg Eccleston. Congratulations James!
The minutes of the Society's AGM held at the National Library of New Zealand on Thu 6 September, are now available here.
Have you contacted us through our website contact form and not received a reply? We have discovered that our contact form was not forwarding your email address to us, so we have been unable to reply to you. We have now identified and fixed the problem, and apologise if you thought we were ignoring you. Please contact us using our contact form , or email us directly, and we will be happy to respond to your comments or enquiries. Brendan Whyte, for the ANZMapS committee.