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  • GIS-on-a-Stick

    Simon O’Keefe11 October 2014

    Company: Groundtruth. Product: GIS-on-a-Stick, the "geospatial toolkit to go", is a USB flash drive using open source software and Vicmap data to provide a solid foundation for real world GIS projects. Dataset used: Vicmap data from the Department Environment and Primary Industries. Timeframe from data set to proof of concept: It took six weeks for Groundtruth’s work experience student, Janahan Karunaharan (graduated Geomatics at RMIT University) to turn the raw data into a proof of concept. Who will use it? Organisations or individuals starting a GIS project specific to Victoria. What does it do? GIS-on-a-Stick is a portable and transferable drive which contains QGIS software and Vicmap data - such as detailed maps, planning, transport and property details of Victoria - in a self-contained spatial database. These large data sets have undergone sourcing, importing, categorising, filtering, optimising, zoom-layering and styling. This means that clients can quickly start overlaying their own data in order to start to building, visualising, analysing and sharing their own GIS project. GIS-on-a-Stick was launched in March 2014 and was a winner in the inaugural Data Vic Competition. What Groundtruth say: “Because the Victorian Government has opened up this data, we have more certainty about what we can do for our clients. It gives us direct access to the source of data which means we can continue to build our product suite and ultimately broaden our client base”, Simon O’Keefe. What does the future look like? Groundtruth will continue to connect with organisations to discover how GIS-on-a-Stick can be used. “In the spirit of open data, we’ve enjoyed watching how people are using GIS-on-a-Stick – and they have even suggested ideas for using the tool which we hadn’t thought of. The possibilities are immense”, Simon O’Keefe. About Groundtruth: Groundtruth is a Melbourne based company with a mission to help organisations work smarter by making use of geospatial information in their business processes. With the belief that the use of open standards is crucial to the long-term success and sustainability of any GIS project, Groundtruth has created a number of innovative GIS tools. Over half of Victorian councils use Groundtruth software to manage their routine property data maintenance