DGGS as the next generation of complex, borderless integration of knowledge in support of science and society.

Ms Irina Bastrakova1, Mr Shane Crossman1, Mr Joseph Bell1, Ms Tina Yang1

1Geoscience Australia

The pace, with which government agencies, researchers, industry and the public need to react to national and international challenges of economic, environmental and social natures, is constantly changing and rapidly increasing. Responses to the 2020 Australian bushfire crisis and the global COVID-19 pandemic events are recent examples of these requirements.

Decisions are no longer made on information or data coming from a single source or discipline or a solitary aspect of life: the issues of today are too complex. We need to re-think the approaches toward data integration, analysis, evaluation and access and to start building flexible re-usable and re-purposeful data and information solutions serving multiple domains and communities.

This presentation will provide insights into the new exiting technology, Discrete Global Grid System, and examine how its application helped Geoscience Australia to deal with the challengers of data integration from multiple disturbed sources and sectors during the Australian Bushfires 2020 and assisted with creating a vulnerability index for the Reducing Illness and Lives Lost from Heatwaves Project to inform response to heatwaves including spatially targeted interventions.


Irina Bastrakova is a Director, Spatial Data Architecture at Geoscience Australia.

Irina has been actively involved with international and national geoinformatics communities for more than 19 years. Irina focuses her work on maximising potential of multidisciplinary data assets by leveraging common information models, data patterns and vocabularies.

Irina is the Chair of the Australian Metadata Working Group and a member of many international and national geoinformatics and standards committees.

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