On Tuesday the 26th June, the Open Data Institute of Australia hosted their quarterly Connect Series event at the Precinct, Fortitude Valley. In introducing the newly appointed CEO, Jamie Leach, the event allowed for the resetting of the institute’s strategy and the unveiling of the latest spatial Open Data-set to the published by the Queensland Government.

The opening of the evening saw the Deputy Chair of the institute, Neil Makepeace welcome the audience and officially hand the reins of the institute over to the newly appointed CEO, Jamie Leach. Taking the stage, the vision for the institute over the next 12 – 24 months was shared, with a six-point strategic priority framework. The message on the night was that the Open Data Institute is part of a Global movement and that their work on Open Data in Australia was only just getting started.



The launch of the spatial Open Data-set was led by special guest speaker Executive Director – Steve Jacoby of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. The satellite imagery mosaic of Queensland has been compiled from the ‘Planet’ 3m resolution suite of cube sats during Q3 2017.  The imagery file is over a TByte in size but more importantly, it is available under a CC-SA licence.  This makes it the highest resolution, latest, free imagery mosaic ever made available in QLD and is unique in GIS applications. This is only the second time data of this nature has been made available in an open data format, the first being in California, USA.

The event’s sponsor, Planet.com (based in San Francisco, USA), started as a small team of physicists and engineers, and now operates the world’s largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites. Their mission is to image the entire Earth every day and make the global change visible, accessible and actionable. VP Asia Pacific, Shankar Sivaprakasam based in Sydney made a special trip to sponsor the evening and to show his support to the Queensland Government project and the evolving pursuit of open data.

We want ODI in Australia to be an effective, self-sustaining organisation, valued and trusted by its stakeholders across government, industry, academia and research, and the community. We strive to strengthen the global ODI network, and leverage the network to create value in Australia.


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