We stay connected through associations and conferences Surveyors, GIS specialists, Project Managers, Consultants Teachers
Image courtesy Pitney Bowes What Helps? Be relevant. Keep it simple and give real life examples We need to better understand the value we can add from the users perspective, not our perspective.
Show how we fit in We cross so many boundaries We integrate knowledge Science, engineering, maths Solutions for Climate change Disease control Just part of the greater continuum and overlapping activity of multiple disciplines.
The words we use The title "Spatial" is a nonsense to most of the public. Calling it Spatial is a mistake Spatial Awareness: a term usually attributed to peoples ability to drive without collision! Everybody thinks "spatial" industry means rockets and space exploration. We deal with maps and location What do people search for in Google?
Global network, global resources Offices: 87 Countries: 28 Employees: 6 700
Raising the awareness of Spatial in Aurecon Step 1 – Awareness Raising – Survey Step 2 – Communication and Resources and Marketing Step 3 – Add value to projects and end products for clients
Results of the Aurecon Survey Respondents Role – Large Proportion Engineers and Business Leaders 67% wanted to know more Over 70% regard Spatial Important to business
Results 65% used Google Earth/ Google Maps as main spatial GIS resource in day to day business 72 % respondents were located in the Neutral Bay Office
Results Face to face communication was evident with lunch time seminars and training courses rated the most helpful communication source
Research AIIA, ACS ICT Careers week Department of Industry – small business seminars Event organisers Extreme Science & STELR
Research www.destinationspatial.org Landmark magazine Youtube Geospatial revolution project
Recommendations Put our feet in their shoes Practical examples Use their language What is in the news? Dont get bogged in technical detail New media (youtube)
Recommendations Industry Associations and groups Piggy back on other initiatives Share, reuse & recycle Publicise what we already have –Destinationspatial.org for schools –Collect examples, articles, case studies –Make sure Google finds it –Link to other sites
Conclusions Thirst for knowledge Look outwards Focus on the value It is less about the profile of the spatial industry and more about the importance of spatial data to an organisation. How spatial data can add value to current business outcomes.
Conclusions Thirst for knowledge Look outwards Focus on the value Instead of trying to educate and impose some image of 'spatial', we should improve our ability to communicate with the world about what interests the world, and then quietly embed spatial, in situations where it is the right tool. Instead of trying to educate and impose some image of 'spatial', technologists in spatial should improve their ability to communicate with the world about what interests the world, and then quietly embed spatial, in situations where it is the right tool.
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