So, today I presented another version of the Crowdsourcing talk I gave back at the WALIS meeting (and again at Curtin University for the web mapping students). The slides are below in Slideshare (you can get it here on Slideshare).
I think it went well… I got a little bit of positive feedback, and that’s a good thing.
I have to admit, I arrived at the conference not expecting much. The topics didn’t really inspire me, and I only was able to come for one morning around my talk.
I was pleasantly surprised.
While the exhibition space was crammed with surveying equipment, the two keynote talks I saw were very interesting. The talk by Dr. Felicity Morel-Ednie Brown about the history of Northbridge was about my local area, and it was really interesting to hear why Northbridge’s streets are offset from the Perth streets in their alignment. It also indicated just how far we as an industry still have to go to really help outsiders.
The second keynote by Ron Gibson was excellent. While I think I do some of the things he suggested, it was a great refresher. Some of the suggestions he made will be passed on to our team at work for them to think about.
Then in our stream I was up first, giving the talk above. Geoff West gave a talk about visualisation of tourist impact at Ningaloo – without any visualisations during his talk, but he gave a 10 minute video in the lunch break. Tom Gardner gave a good talk about Geodesign (picked up in the Spatial Source newlsetter here), and then Nathan from NGIS gave a talk about Google technologies. It was a bit of a varied bag, but the standard of presentations these days is pretty high. I was glad I did some prep over coffee in the morning!
We had a couple of chances to practice what Ron preached to us in the breaks, which was great. Tom and I also got to have some time with Nicholas Flett talking about trying to do some sort of spatial/social/drinks/georabble/ignite spatial thing – which we’ll keep working on and let you know about.