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Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information

The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRC-SI) officially commenced operation on 1 July 2003. Its major partners are a consortium of small to medium companies (41 P/L), the universities of Melbourne, New South Wales and Curtin; and the governments of Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia as well as an Australian Government consortium comprising Geoscience Australia and the Department of Defence.

A key focus of the Action Agenda was industry development. The Action Agenda identified a number of actions needing to be taken by governments, the private sector and academia to build a robust spatial information industry focused on meeting the needs of all sectors in society for spatial information services and products.

Industry leaders recognised that research and development was a key enabler for industry growth and and identified the benefit of proposing a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) focused on developing this capability.

ANZLIC commissioned the University of Melbourne to prepare a feasibility study, which found a good case for creating a CRC. Subsequently, Mr Warwick Watkins (Chair, ANZLIC) facilitated a meeting of interested parties in Melbourne in November 2001. A consortium was formed as a result of the meeting. A Steering Committee chaired by Professor Ian Williamson and comprising representatives of the consortium members prepared a business case for a CRC-SI and submitted the proposal in May 2002. The Australian Government announced the creation of the CRC-SI in December 2002 with about $80 million in funding over a seven year period.

The main office of the CRC-SI is located in the Department of Geomatics, University of Melbourne, with other offices located in universities in Sydney, Perth and Bathurst.

goals of the CRC-SI

The mission of the CRC-SI is to develop the concept of a Virtual Australia, uniting research and commercial innovation in spatial information.

The CRC-SI aims to:

  • Promote the seamless exchange of spatial information between all information users in Australia through new spatial information products, thereby enhancing commercial, environmental and social management activities;
  • Foster the flow and level of commerce in spatial information and the transfer of spatial data technology;
  • Create a long term partnership of users, from community groups, non-government organisations, SMEs and industry corporations, to local, state, federal and international governments and the education sector;
  • Enhance interoperability between the diverse but complementary spatial information collection, processing and delivery systems, namely: satellite positioning (GPS), geodesy and kinematic mapping, satellite earth observation, metric information retrieval, socio-economic and commercial inventory and accounting, geographic information systems and web-based decision-support services;
  • Become a player of significance in the international spatial information community, both in regard to technology development and commercial innovation; and
  • Provide the science and technology infrastructure to allow all spatial information applications to grow and expand.

research programs being undertaken

The research programs (listed below) focus on future needs of the spatial information industry, as well as upon the infrastructures required to support the provision of these needs. These programs are driven by the requirements of the user community as articulated by the industry participants, the prospects for successful technology transfer and ultimate commercialisation of project outcomes, and the expertise brought to spatial information research by the research program leaders and their respective teams.

  1. Integrated Positioning and Mapping Systems
  2. Metric Imagery as a Spatial Information Source
  3. Spatial Information System Design and Spatial Data Infrastructures
  4. Earth Observation for Natural Resource Management
  5. Modelling and Visualisation for Spatial Decision Support
  6. Demonstrators
  7. Education and Training

more about the crc-si

Chair: Professor Bill Charters FTSE
CEO: Mr Peter Woodgate
Web: CRC for Spatial Information