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The Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia welcomes people at all levels of professional expertise and knowledge in areas such as geospatial data acquisition, data manipulation and management, LIS/GIS analysis and spatial systems development, as well as those involved in mapping, cartography and other forms of data and information communication.


The Power of Maps Conference 2015

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Welcome to the MSIA President, 2014

 The MSIA welcomes Ms. Trisha Moriarty as our new President for 2014. Trisha has hit the ground running and has many initiatives already in train for this year. Please contact her with offers of assistance so that we can grow out Institute.

Trisha Moriarty

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 Trisha is employed as Team Leader, Geoscience Knowledge Management with the NSW Geological Survey.
Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Cartography from Curtin University of Technology and
a Diploma in Cartography from Perth TAFE. She has been in the cartographic Industry for about 14 years working first in
WA with the Department of Planning, Marine Division and the City of Stirling, when a student, before commencing with
the (now former) Department of Mineral Resources (now Department of Trade & Investment) in 2002 as a Land
Information Officer in the Cartographic section of the Geological Survey.


Meet the newest member of the National Council

- Doug Herrick

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What Doug says about himself and the MSIA:

I spend most days looking at aerial imagery over NSW - enjoying the changing landscape in two and three dimensions.It’s just part of imagery processing, quality assurance, and digital surface model editing. Occasionally I also get to test new software and processing methods.

Working at Land & Property Information (LPI) NSW, I have access to the advice of professionals in fields ranging through Geodesy, Surveying, LiDAR, Imagery, Cadastral, Topography, Graphics and Information & Communications Technology.

At the same time, due to the large number retiring, I also get to work beside quite a few new members to our profession.
It has been these new members joining the MSIA that has brought life to the Bathurst MSIA group.

We are continuing our semi-monthly lunchtime talks, with our next talk on the role of GIS in managing the forest life cycle. In the future we hope to be able to record some of these talks for web access by all MSIA members.

(Extract from MSI-Connected June-July 2014)

Indicators that Cartography and Cartographers are in great demand:

  1. The recent “Map Our World” exhibition at the National Library of Australia broke all attendance records, with well over 100 000 people passing through the exhibition. Two hundred and twenty four original maps from around the world were on display. The catalogue is available from the NLA bookshop ( There are 288 pages filled with images of the exhibited maps and explanations from many cartographic experts.
  1. The International Cartographic Association held it’s “most successful” 26th International Cartographic Conference in Dresden, Germany from 26-30 August 2013.

Georg Gartner (President, ICA) argued in his take-away messages that:

* cartography is relevant

* cartography is attractive

* cartography is most contemporary


He said that “if my arguments are true, then there is no need to step back or hide away as a cartographer, but rather the other way around. It is of high importance that cartography and cartographers are actively contributing their skills, knowledge, methods and research to the geospatial domains.

I therefore argued, that 'It’s ok to be a cartographer!' ” ( Georg Gartner | President | ICA, 2013)


All materials published in the ICC 2013 Proceedings are available online from the ICA website (


  1. Western Australia hits the Whitehouse. The Obama administration announced a global data initiative to fight climate change. They have called on some of the largest companies in the world to get behind the initiative – including Google. The work of NGIS Australia was highlighted by Rebecca Moore from the Google Outreach program as an example of using their technology as part of this fight. NGIS will now work with the CRCSI and the Australian government to determine where we go from here – but there will be many opportunities that will arise from such exposure. (Paul Farrell, Managing Director NGIS)



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