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GIS Directions Podcast brings you short, sharp, and immediately usable tips and tricks from a leading team of ArcGIS specialists. A mix of strong opinions on the hot topics makes for some lively – and often entertaining – debates. Join your hosts Wayne Lee-Archer, Ta Taneka, and Mary Murphy as they dive into the topics and trends that are shaping our spatial world. Learn more at gisdirectionspodcast.com.au.
 
In Mapping Evil, world-leading criminal investigator Mike King joins award-winning journalist Tory Shepherd to take you deep inside the rapidly evolving world of criminal profiling. Offering a look at real crimes through an experienced investigator’s eye, Mapping Evil takes you on a journey into the minds of predators and the lives of those tasked with bringing them to justice. Explore some of the world’s most chilling investigations and learn how understanding the geography of crimes, preda ...
 
Award-winning journalist Stan Grant explores this data-driven world with an all-star guest list – from a NASA astronaut tackling climate change, a fire chief battling increasingly destructive blazes to a Governor confronting a city in crisis. Also challenging guests to weigh in on a topic way out of their comfort zone, Stan unearths what makes them tick, their instincts under pressure, and the single thread that connects them all. From common leadership challenges to solving some of the bigg ...
 
Location Matters is a podcast devoted to the map and to the GIS industry. We discuss anything that has to do with data, mapping software, industry trends and best practices. Our aim is to give you something interesting to talk about when you get to the office or to spark some interest in how a map could help you make informed decisions.
 
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Touching down in Los Angeles after a fairly uneventful 14-hour flight from Australia, criminal profiler Mike King is tired but happy to be home after a gruelling fortnight of back-to-back meetings, events, and media engagements. As he makes his way through LAX, his phone rings. On the other end the caller says: "I listened to your interview on the …
 
The first time Desche Birtles took her story to police she was a 16-year-old runaway. It was a harrowing account of a childhood trauma – one that tied Desche’s father to the brutal murder of Betty Shanks – and one that police would repeatedly dismiss. For historian and author Ted Duhs, Desche’s tale was so compelling that he would dedicate decades …
 
In the cold hard light of day, police investigating the murder of Betty Shanks are confronted with a sickening scene of unbridled savagery and punishment. Reports of the gruesome crime leads the evening news, while theories as to who could possibly commit such a monstrous act start to circulate. Among the lineup of potential suspects was a soldier,…
 
It’s September 1952 on the night of the new moon and 22-year-old university student Betty Shanks is making her way home from evening classes. The journey from her tram stop to the home she shares with her loving parents is a mere 400 yards along a path Betty has strode countless times before. On this night, Betty would not survive the walk. With th…
 
On a moonless spring night in 1952, a bright young woman – only metres from her home – screams out in terror as she is overpowered, brutally beaten and left to die on an otherwise safe suburban street. The savage murder of 22-year-old Betty Shanks sent shock waves through the tight-knit community of Wilston and came to be known as the crime that st…
 
HERE Technologies has just been recognised as the top ranked location platform by industry analysts at Strategy Analytics. The annual report benchmarks the world’s largest location companies and ranks HERE, Google, Mapbox and TomTom across seven categories. We were lucky to speak with two experts in the location technology industry recently, and ou…
 
Location Matters welcomes CEO of FrontierSI, Graeme Kernich to the podcast for the first time to get the scoop on the updated Coastal Risk Australia, climate modelling tool which was first built in 2015. In partnership with FrontierSI, NGIS developed Coastal Risk Australia to illustrate the severity of rising seas based on the latest scientific mod…
 
We are excited to have Karen Joyce, She Maps Founder and Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing, back on the Location Matters podcast this week! Karen sat down with our Senior GIS Consultant, Marty Rocks, and Winyama IT Coordinator, Time Cable, to talk about everything drone mapping. Tune in to this episode to learn about some of the coolest places Kare…
 
Find out what ‘rubber-ducking’ is. Hear why Khia has been crying happy tears and celebrate the perspective that women bring to the table in this special edition of Location Matters, curated in lieu of International Women's Day. New Location Matters host, Claire Wilson, is joined by guests Kate Kirwin, founder of She Codes, Daphne Yu, Graduate Devel…
 
In this week’s episode we are excited to welcome two colleagues from our new Brisbane office onto the Location Matters podcast to talk about the Esri ArcGIS utilities upgrade. Alex Geer, NGIS Queensland General Manager, and Conway Pene, Principal GIS Consultant have worked on many utilities GIS projects and give us some insight into what this Esri …
 
We’re back with a brand new season of Location Matters! To kick off the first episode, we’re joined by Andrew Dowding, Managing Director of Winyama, and Yvonne Fong, Data Scientist at EO Data Science, to discuss the importance of First Nations Earth Observation and how Winyama are working towards seeing more Indigenous communities utilise Earth Obs…
 
In a special case update from Mapping Evil, Mike and Tory investigate how the sad story of a missing Colorado mum morphed into a high-stakes, circumstantial murder trial – plagued by rumour and innuendo. Suzanne Morphew – a vibrant mother-of-two – disappeared from her home on Mother’s Day 2020. One year later, her high school sweetheart and husband…
 
Cybersecurity hacks for ArcGIS Navigating today's cybersecurity landscape is a dizzying ordeal of ever-changing threats, risks and regulations. HTTP vs. HTTPS, Active directory vs. Enterprise vs. Single sign-on authentication and that’s all without considering data sovereignty... In this episode Ta, Wayne and Josh untangle these hotly debated topic…
 
Tailor end-user experience with interactive apps Whether you're an expert developer or app building beginner, discover how you can create bespoke, branded apps for any project. In this special GIS Day episode, Wayne, Ta and Josh share their top tips and must-use tools for transforming traditional web maps into aesthetically-pleasing and intuitive a…
 
In a special bonus episode of Mapping Evil, Mike and Tory revisit the macabre case of the Lafferty brothers (Episode 8) – a truly disturbing story of religious fanaticism and ritualistic murder. Nearly 40 years on from the gruesome slayings of new mum, Brenda Lafferty and her daughter Erica, Mike shares candid interviews with convicted killer, Dan …
 
Practical tips for keeping up with your training Staying ahead of the curve with spatial skills, mastering AI and Machine Learning and leveraging the latest ArcGIS products demands a healthy appetite for learning. In this episode, Ta, Simon and Josh share their insider’s guide to keeping pace with the latest trends in GIS – from following tech infl…
 
Leverage location in your everyday workflows In this episode, Simon, Ta and Josh reveal how even non-GIS users can unlock spatial superpowers in the Microsoft suite, bringing rows and columns to life with dynamic visualisations. Think geo-tagged documents, location-enabled lists and interactive maps for immersive reporting.…
 
A guide to publishing content with confidence GIS guru Simon Jackson joins Ta and Josh to explore the art of sharing intuitive, targeted mapping products with the web GIS world. Rather than hitting 'publish' and hoping for the best, follow Simon's three simple steps to improve data management, maintain security and accelerate delivery to end-users.…
 
The top four must-have models Wayne, Josh and Ta talk about Esri's growing collection of 'pre-trained' packages for deep learning - available now in ArcGIS. From building footprint detection to point cloud classification and everything in between, there is something for everyone. The team share their must-have Machine Learning models along with sim…
 
Fresh capabilities for smarter web maps A new version of Map Viewer has launched to the world… and while the old ‘classic’ is still available, the new kid on the block is loaded with clever capabilities that will take your web maps to the next level. Wayne, Ta and Josh take you on a tour of their favourite features including flexibility in formatti…
 
The Esri UC roundup From Site Scan and SDKs for Unreal Engine to ArcGIS Image and Instant Apps, in this episode, Wayne, Ta and Josh share their greatest hits from this year's Esri UC. With a jam-packed playlist of fresh end-to-end integrations, analysis-ready additions to the Living Atlas, revolutionised imagery management tools and photo-realistic…
 
Incorporate an extraterrestrial element in your maps and apps Over 60 years, NASA astronauts have captured more than four million photographs of Earth from the International Space Station. Join Wayne and Rylea as they explore applications of this unique, publicly available dataset with Laura Pheobus, an Earth Scientist and Geospatial Analyst contra…
 
This is the final episode of season three of Location Matters! Thank you to all of our listeners who tuned in this season to hear about the latest trends and technologies in the GIS industry. In this week's episode our podcast host and Marketing Manager, Sarah Butler co-hosts with our Marketing Coordinator Claire Wilson and Principal GIS Consultant…
 
The proven formula for driving digital transformation at a global scale Brian Boulmay is on a mission to democratise data. He believes multinational companies can create greater efficiency, accuracy of insight, and collaboration if they share data sets. During his tenure as the Global Integration Director for BP, Brian Boulmay developed the award-w…
 
This week’s episode is brought to you from Costa Rica, Colombia and Perth, Australia! We hear from Rafael Monge and Ivan Gonzalez, two project winners of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) - Google Earth Engine (GEE) program. Our host, NGIS’ Sarah Butler and Yvonne Fong, Data Scientist at EO Data Science chat with the guests about how their proj…
 
Where spatial analysis meets data science It’s long been believed that Python is solely the domain of developers. But as Wayne, Josh and Ta reveal, there’s a wealth of resources available for anyone to take their coding skills to the next level. Whether you’re a humble GIS user or an old hand at hacking, with ArcGIS Notebooks, you can automate data…
 
The Indigenous Data Network (IDN) promotes the access and sharing of data within Indigenous organisations, enabling them to manage and utilise data in more sustainable ways. Our host, Sarah Butler, discusses with Darren Clinch (National Coordinator) and James Rose (Data Analytics Coordinator) of IDN, about ways in which they are working with data a…
 
How can leaders use technological innovation to mitigate and respond to a crisis? Kim Zagaris spent the first part of his career serving in the army, but a twist of fate saw him switch from army tanks to fire trucks. As he drove home from a night out with his mates, he was confronted by a fire out of control. Pulling up, a firefighter directed him …
 
Open source software is changing the world and growing a strong community from around the globe. In this episode of Location Matters, we speak with two Australian open source GIS enthusiasts, Nyall Dawson and John Bryant. Heavily involved in the open geospatial community, Nyall and John chat with our host Sarah Butler about everything open source r…
 
Unpacking the ArcGIS data engineering toolbox The essential – albeit tedious – task of data cleaning is estimated to consume more than 80% of a GIS analyst’s day. Take the time back to focus on the analysis you love, with Wayne, Josh and Ta’s top tips for constructing, formatting and integrating raw GIS data – in record time. Plus, learn how to dev…
 
It is common in GIS to work with companies and on projects where large amounts of data have been captured across disparate systems. On today’s Location Matters episode, we welcome back Senior GIS Developer, Nicholas Chai, to speak alongside our Principal GIS Consultant, Jack Green, about integrating different data sources into a single platform. Tu…
 
Criminal profiler Mike King on using data to find the truth in any situation As one of the world’s leading criminal investigators, Mike King is intimately familiar with high-pressure, life and death scenarios. For 40 years, he’s worked with law enforcement around the world, taught top police investigators the art of criminal profiling, and consulte…
 
Welcome back to another episode of Location Matters! On today’s episode we jump into the world of 3D photogrammetry with our friends over at Aerometrex. Our Marketing Manager and podcast host, Sarah Butler, sits (virtually) with NGIS’ Senior GIS Developer, Nick Chai and the Chief Operating Officer at Aerometrex, David Byrne to find out what photogr…
 
The migration mythbusters you need to know For diehard desktop users, the debate about when to migrate from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro is heating up. In this episode, Wayne, Josh and Ta dive in and dispel common myths about making the move and give their top reasons why you may want to fast-track the transition. The team come armed with a treasure trove …
 
We have another cracker Location Matters episode this week covering two winning projects from the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) - Google Earth Engine (GEE) program. Our host, NGIS’ Sarah Butler & Yvonne Fong, Data Scientist at EO Data Science, are joined by project leads Nicholas Murray from James Cook University, and Dimos Traganos from the Ge…
 
Geologist Dr Kathryn Sullivan tackles the world’s biggest challenges with a little innovation Dr Kathryn Sullivan’s innate curiosity and love of exploration has led her to outer space, to ocean floors, and to leadership roles solving complex issues like climate change, poverty, inequality, and political unrest. As a specialist geologist, Dr Sulliva…
 
We are excited to have Chad Jennings, Google Cloud Product Manager for BigQuery, back on the Location Matters podcast, speaking alongside our very own Executive Director, Nathan Eaton. In this episode, Chad and Nathan discuss Google Cloud geospatial updates, including developments with running Esri ArcGIS within Google Cloud. They also touch on som…
 
From the team who brought you Mapping Evil, join legendary Australian journalist and ‘gentlemen interrogator’ Stan Grant as he goes toe-to-toe with everyday people faced with extraordinary responsibilities. In this special preview episode of Directions, Mapping Evil’s own Mike King shares his leadership lessons – from teaching top cops the art of c…
 
When you’re working in GIS, you can’t always tell people that their data governance structure is less than ideal or even scary to look at. On this week’s episode of Location Matters, we sit down with NGIS' GIS Analyst-Developer, Stafford Smith, Senior GIS Consultant, Joy Miles, and Principal GIS Consultant Nick Chai. We get their perspective on wha…
 
Greek captains, K8s and containerisation Kubernetes can be a difficult concept to grasp – it might get IT architects excited, but why should it matter to end-users of GIS? Ta is back on-board to help you navigate this wonderful world of cloud-native computing and containerised applications. With Wayne and Josh at the helm, learn why the launch of A…
 
Where is the line when it comes to wielding the power of data-driven insight and when should it be crossed? Each time you use your mobile phone, you leave a trail behind. Each app you’ve tapped on, every browser you’ve opened, each link you’ve clicked on, leaves a digital footprint. That data can be used in so many useful ways – whether it’s planni…
 
We’re back with a new season of Location Matters! To kick off the first episode of season three, we’re joined by David Kroodsma, Director of Research and Innovation at Global Fishing Watch, and Brian Sullivan, Program Manager at Google Earth Outreach. David and Brian look back at how Global Fishing Watch started and how the platform is utilising Go…
 
Exploring the terrain of where innocence is lost Across the course of his career, Mike has found that a skilled predator will almost always leverage the element of ‘geography’ to turn the tables in their favour. Whether a victim’s risk level is inherently high or low, and regardless of whether the victim is known or a stranger to a perpetrator – ge…
 
The man behind the map In this special bonus episode of Mapping Evil with Mike King, award-winning journalist Tory Shepherd takes a closer look at the man behind the map. With a little encouragement from Tory, Mike delves deep into his past, sharing intimate details of the stories that have shaped his life and career. From a near fatal accident dur…
 
How can we ensure the data that matters is informing our actions? Linda Peters advises the US and other governments along with the United Nations on how to turn data into effective action and policies. From forecasting the timing and scale of catastrophic food droughts, to formulating strategies for the mass deployment of foreign aid, Linda Peters …
 
Landscape detection with millimetre accuracy NASA’s Jeremy Kirkendall is back with top tips for incorporating SAR data into your projects and analysis. Join Wayne and Rylea as they crack open NASA's ArcGIS toolbox and help you take the first step to measuring changes in landscape – whether urban, ocean or vegetation – with millimetre vertical accur…
 
Mapping nature or nurture When does a faith built on love and compassion transform into the darkest of beliefs? What is the catalyst that takes a devoted parishioner on a journey to become a prophet, and then a predator? In this episode, Tory Shepherd and Mike King take a closer look at crimes committed in the name of God. They explore the malevole…
 
Governor Martin O’Malley tackles crime and politics with his sleeves rolled-up Imagine being elected mayor of a city declared one of America’s most violent and dysfunctional, with drug markets, criminal gangs, and murder rates all out of control. That was the leadership challenge Martin O’Malley faced when he became mayor of Baltimore. He knew the …
 
Mapping precious last steps Oliver Ben Gerrish is every parent’s worst nightmare – charismatic and cunning, he represents the most dangerous of serial predators. By the end of his reign of terror, ‘Big Ben’ as he came to be known, had irreparably damaged the lives of more than 550 children and their families. In this episode, Mike and Tory discuss …
 
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