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Analysing and Visualising Geospatial Data

May 26 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Spatial information, or geodata, is a rapidly growing subset of big data. This workshop will focus on the challenges and opportunities for business, public administration, and researchers in relation to accessing, analysing, and visualising spatial information, with a focus on social media data.

The workshop will provide a practical introduction to using the web-based mapping platform Carto to visualise and spatially analyse geodata. The ethics and limitations of dealing with geosocial data will also be explored.

For ODI Open Data Skill Level


Course aim

You will learn:

  • what geodata is and how it can be used
  • how social media data can be used by business, public administration and researchers
  • the basics of how to use Carto to visualise and analyse geodata
  • ethical issues and other limitations when dealing with geosocial data

Who is this course suitable for?

Analysing and Visualising Geospatial Data is ideal for those at the ‘Explorer’ level of level of the ODI’s Open Data Skills Framework. It’s designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to geodata, answer questions you might have and leave you thinking about what you might do next.

It is suitable for government employees, private organisations, researchers, academics and students. Participants of previous courses have included: decision makers, managers, public servants, researchers, policy advisors, journalists, non-profit organisations, students, strategists, data owners and publishers.

What prior knowledge do you need?

No previous experience of geodata is required.

What to bring

A laptop or iPad if you have one.

What we provide

Morning Tea (tell us if you have any special dietary requirements)

Course length

3 hours (9.30am to 12.30pm). Arrive between 9.00 and 9.30am.

Course Cost

$250 + GST

20% discounts are available for our Members and employees of our Foundation Sponsors, Supporters and the Queensland Government.

Your trainer

Peta Mitchell

Peta Mitchell is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Creative Industries Faculty and Chief Investigator in QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre. Her fellowship project is focused on geocultural research and the digital spatial turn, and her research has broadly focused on the geohumanities, including media geography, literary geography, and neogeography.

Peta is author of two major works on metaphor—Cartographic Strategies of Postmodernity (Routledge, 2008) and Contagious Metaphor (Continuum, 2012)—alongside numerous articles, chapters, and refereed conference papers that span media and cultural studies, literary studies, cultural geography, and human–computer interaction. She is also co-founder of the Cultural Atlas of Australia, an ARC-funded digital mapping project that explores Australian locations as they are represented in and through films, novels, and plays, and co-author of the related book Imagined Landscapes: Geovisualizing Australian Spatial Narratives (Indiana UP, 2016).


About the Digital Media Reserarch Centre (DMRC)

QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) conducts world-leading research that helps society understand and adapt to the social, cultural and economic transformations associated with digital media technologies. The DMRC aims to:

  • conduct transformative research in digital media, communication and cultural studies, generating significant new findings and world-leading methodological innovation
  • collaborate across QUT, and with a range of government, community, and industry partners to undertake applied research that helps to solve significant, complex problems for our culture, society and economy
  • provide a vibrant, supportive and innovative research training environment for our research students, partners and clients.

ODI Queensland is pleased to offer Analysing and Visualising Geospatial Data in partnership with the DMRC.


May 26
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Analysing and Visualising Geospatial Data