Monday, 7 August 2017

Join Massey's Geo Collaboratory

By Dr Kristin Stock - Director, Geoinformatics Collaboratory & Senior Lecturer in Information Technology Institute of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Massey University
Massey University has recently established the Massey Geoinformatics Collaboratory. The Collaboratory brings together around 40 Massey staff working in geoinformatics, GIS and geospatial science across Massey’s three campuses (Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington) to promote collaboration in research, teaching, postgraduate supervision, and industry engagement. 

Members come from a wide range of disciplines including ecology, environmental science, agriculture, earth science, IT, marketing, planning, disaster management and health. We hold regular (more or less monthly) virtual seminars with recognised researchers from around the world on geoinformatics, GIS, and geospatial using Zoom. Recent topics include crowdsourcing of geographic information and methods for delineating landform elements.
Virtual seminars are open to everyone, and involve not only a presentation but also discussion and questions afterwards. If you would like to join our mailing list to be notified of these and other geospatial events, just drop us an email. If you would like to read more about the Collaboratory or view recordings of previous seminars, you can visit our web site at

Upcoming GIS Event

If you heading to Auckland for the NZEUC you may want to come along to Duane’s Wilkins presentation on Monday the 14th of August. For more information and to register for this event visit Eventbrite.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Rivers Workshop

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and NIWA have been working with regional councils on how they can make rivers data more useful. 

Both organisations recently held a workshop with Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Environment Southland, and Waikato Regional Council which looked at the potential for a new river network dataset.

Rivers data is useful for helping to understand and mitigate the impacts of floods, and LINZ is working to ensure New Zealand has geographic information that will improve our resilience to natural events. Rivers are also one of the high priority datasets identified by the Local Government Geospatial Alliance.

The next step is for LINZ to share ideas with other relevant agencies and to understand their preferences for a new river network dataset. This would inform LINZ on the priorities of this dataset and help with future work planning.

If you have any questions or ideas please contact Douglas Kwan at LINZ –  04 830 2103