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Melbourne Open GIS August 2012 Meetup

We're back! Melbourne Open GIS is on again at 6pm on Thursday the 2nd of August at the OpenHub.

Melbourne Open GIS is a forum to discuss open technology, standards and interoperability in GIS. Our meetings bring together professionals from geospatial and other disciplines in a casual environment for some presentations, informal discussions, socialising and some drinks supplied by our meeting sponsors.

This meetup’s presentations:

  • Simon Bond (EB Services) - Utilities Mapping with the OpenGeo Suite
  • David Baxter (Digital Mapping Solutions) - QGIS
  • Hervé Senot (Groundtruth) - Stuff you didn't think you could do with a browser
  • Patrick Sunter - GTFS, the emerging standard for public transport network information
  • and more...

If you’ve got something you’d like to show to the group in under five minutes, contact a group organiser to request a presentation slot. Preference will be given to sponsors (ie, turn up with a slab).

Based on feedback from our last meetup, we’re introducing a new format for presentations - five minutes presentation, plus five minutes Q&A. We hope this format will make for a more enjoyable evening, with enough time for a variety of content, reduce the need for speakers to prepare elaborate presentations, and finish in time to deliver us all to the pub for a meal afterwards.

This meetup’s sponsors:

We are seeking additional sponsors. Please contact a group organiser to express your interest and get your business’s name added to the event publicity, and don’t forget to bring along your slab. (Half-slab sponsorships are available to government and non-commercial entities.)


  • Who can attend: anyone (limited to the first 50 to RSVP)
  • RSVP: required, via Meetup
  • Time:  arrive at 6:00pm for drinks and networking before the presentations commence at 6:30pm
  • Twitter Hashtag: #MelbOpenGIS



Suite 13, Level 1/243 Collins Street

Melbourne VIC 3000 (enter via Manchester Lane)

The building address is 243 Collins Street. However, the actual entrance is on Manchester Lane, about 20m down from Collins Street, and marked “Merigold on Collins”. Here’s a map: Press 13 on the intercom and we’ll buzz you in. Then take the stairs up to the first floor.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting talks about the intersection of web and GIS.

    August 15, 2012

  • Michael M.

    Good talks, and I think the 5 minute limit [flexibly administered] was about right. Perhaps a little more time for questions would have been good. All four talks were interesting, and right on the Open GIS theme.

    For the downside: I really do hate to be picky about this, and I know that the drinks were provided by the sponsors, but could there not have been some non-alcoholic beverages available? You might not have noticed, but there were quite a lot of people *not* drinking [beer], who conceivably would have been quite happy to have had something soft to drink. Maybe one sponsor could be asked to provide some small bottles of soft drink instead of a slab of beer. In my work environment, we've been quite surprised at how many people there are who'd prefer soft drink, and we now routinely provide it [and not the much-hated mineral water and orange juice]. I know getting soft drinks cold may be a problem, compared to slabs of beer, but I'm just putting it up for consideration.

    August 4, 2012

  • Tony S.

    Interesting presentations. Strong attendance limited opportunities for get to know you interactions, at least for those of us who did not go on to the pub.

    August 3, 2012

  • Ahad K.

    It is good, but it was better if there were more chirs for people. Thanks.

    August 3, 2012

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