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Location Intelligence Down Under- Beards, Sandals and Theodolites?

The Spatial Information Community in Australia is somewhat schizofrenic.
Dominated by the surveying Industry, it sometimes seems full of ageing, sluggish and conservative blokes.

But Australia has also given birth to world-leading innovations such as GML, ArcPad and the game-changing Google Maps.

Having moved to Australia 10 years ago, Maurits presents an outsiders view from the inside, highlighting some of the frustrating, quirky and exciting aspects of location intelligence in Australia.

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Maurits van der Vlugt


Maurits is one of Australia’s leading authorities in the design and implementation of (interoperable) spatial data architectures, and web delivery of spatial data. Maurits has hands-on experience developing web-mapping applications and the underlying architectures, focusing on usability, natural resource information and distributed systems.
Recent projects include the strategy development of the Common Spatial Information Initiative (CS2i) for the NSW Government, designing the SDI-architecture for the Aceh GeoSpatial Data Centre (AGDC) and the design of the National Water Commission’s “Australian Water Resources Information System”, leading the way for an Australia-wide water sensor network.
Maurits has authored several articles on these subjects, including recent articles on “Customising Google Earth” and “Dispelling the Myths around Web Services”, and taught “Customising GIS for the Web” at the University of Redlands (USA).