Geospatial Capabilities for the next decade: scale, sector and pathways for collaboration and utilisation of spatial data infrastructures

Dr Sanjeev Kumar  Srivastava2, Professor Allison  Kealy3, Dr Lesley  Wyborn4, Dr  Michael  Rigby5, Ms Melanie  Barlow4, Dr Jens  Klump6, Mr Kheeran Dharmawardena1, Mr Simon  Costello7

1Cytrax, Australia,
2University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
3RMIT University, Australia
4Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Australia
5AURIN, Australia,
6CSIRO, Australia,
7Geoscience Australia, Australia

Geospatial data products have long been created to satisfy a broad range of stakeholders, forming data layers used across various domains in government, academic and industry sectors.

The future era of large-volume geospatial data infrastructures is excitingly set to transform this domain with new capabilities poised to change the way data is processed and delivered, potentially leading to datasets or collections that are customised to specific user requirements on-demand. While this should make it easier for an end-user, there are concerns that such an approach may actually decrease FAIRness and potential value through the use of opaque data processing algorithms and limiting access to minimally-processed underlying datasets. Such issues may ultimately complicate the use of data in fundamental research and defensible decision making required by government and policy agencies where transparency is critical.

Keeping Australian government, academia and industry at the forefront of innovation in Australia requires collaborative geospatial research infrastructures that enable access to all forms of data, including high-volume geospatial datasets, as well as open software and computing infrastructures for processing. The current phase of National Research Infrastructure planning provides an opportunity to explore what geospatial capabilities are needed within Australia that can both meet fundamental research needs and still be leveraged by the commercial geospatial industry and government agencies.

In this BoF the Geospatial Capabilities Community of Practice will explore this issue with representatives from government, academia and industry to help identify the key capabilities that can be harmonised across all sectors of the Australian geospatial community.


This BoF is proposed by the Geospatial Community of Practice group ( which is led by ARDC-AURIN-CSIRO-CYTRIX-USC. The group involves people from government, academia, industry, and research organizations. The Geospatial Capabilities Community of Practice intends to bring together as a community people who, in some capacity, work with geospatial data and make it available for broader use. Additionally, this BoF involves two external people Prof Allison Kealey who is leading the plan for Australia’s Space and Spatial Industry Growth Roadmap 2030 and Mr Simon Costello leads the National Location Information program at Geoscience Australia.


Oct 11 2021


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 10 2021
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm