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EXPLORING THE KEY AREAS OF SPATIAL METADATA AUTOMATION RESEARCH IN AUSTRALIA
By Hamed Olfat, Mohsen Kalantari, Abbas Rajabifard, Ian P. Williamson,
Christopher Pettit, Stephen Williams

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News and Events

10/06/11
The Centre has become an Associate Member of IMM Australia represented by Mohsen Kalantari. Abbas Rajabifard and Mohsen Kalantari hosted a meeting with Anni Rowland-Campbell, Vice President of IMM to discuss possible collaborative opportunities.

27/05/11
Mohsen Kalantari attended the Meta 2011 Conference ran by the Institute of Metadata Management (IMM), Australia in Canberra. He presented the Metadata Enrichment concept and prototype system which was well received and acknowledged by the metadata community in the conference.

The research team has been invited to become a member of the Australian Geonetwork User Group. This was due to the successful contribution to Geonetwork and development of the plug-ins.

09/06/11
The research team has hosted meetings with Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) to explore potential collaborative research projects.

03/05/11
The research team hosted a meeting with Mr David Hunter from DPI. The aim of this meeting was to transfer the new version of the MIKE system (on Versi) from DPI to the research team to develop and implement the “Automatic Metadata Enrichment” function.

02/05/11
Hamed Olfat held a meeting with his PhD Advisory Committee members to review his annual progress. The advisory panel approved and acknowledged his progress to-date.

04/04/11
The research team had a visit to Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA)-NSW and ran a workshop for members of NSW Spatial Council Metadata Working Group.

05/04/11
The research team presented latest developments on GeoNetwork plug-ins to DPI.

21/03/11
The research team presented the research project to students from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) during their visit to the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, the University of Melbourne.

15/03/11
The research team ran a workshop for SII to present the research progress. The team also explored the current status of metadata management process in SII.

10/03/11
The research team designed and developed a new Plug-in titled “Tag Cloud” for GeoNetwork Opensource with the aim of providing users with a way to enrich metadata records with tags (implicitly or explicitly) so that subsequent users benefit from this enrichment in their own searches.

01/03/11
The research team hosted a meeting with people from Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD)- VIC and presented the progress of research project.

25/02/11
The research team designed and developed a new Plug-in titled “Suggestion Box” for GeoNetwork Opensource with the aim of recording and retrieving the previous search words in GeoNetwork Opensource discovery interface.

15/02/11
The research team presented research progress to-date during the workshop ran by Centre for SDIs and Land Administration for Murray-Darling Basin Authority in Canberra.

08/02/11
The research team attended the workshop ran by OMNILINK PTY LTD. The aim of this workshop was to launch a new Spatial Metadata Management Solution titled “Omniscient”.

31/01/11
We would like to welcome Mr. Hervé Senot and Dr. Serryn Eagleson to the research team. Hervé brings his software development expertise to the team and Serryn will be responsible for doing research on GUI for metadata tools. Hervé and Serryn will be working on a part-time basis in the project.

25/01/11
The research team hosted a meeting with Professor David J. Cowen, from Department of Geography, University of South Carolina during his visit to the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, the University of Melbourne.

05/11/10
Hamed attended the ASPIRE Conference 2010 in Melbourne and presented his PhD progress to-date.

5/10/10
The research team ran a workshop at DSE-SII to present the project progress and discuss the future plan. The research team has planned to visit the department to undertake a case study and develop a prototype system for automatic metadata updating.

2/9/10
Hamed has been granted the Safe Software FME License fund, which has been considered to improve the education and research by Safe Software Inc. Hamed will use the FME software to implement the concept of Automatic Metadata Enrichment Function based on GML files.

26/8/10
The research team hosted a meeting with Mr. Garry Mahon form DSE-SII to discuss the conceptual design for metadata updating process and the relationship between spatial data lifecycle and metadata creation process. This meeting will be followed by a workshop with a wider audience in the DSE.

24/8/10- 25/8/10
The research team presented to the Data Management Workshop organized and ran by PSMA in Canberra. This was an overall update on the project progress.

20/7/10
The research team hosted a meeting with Mr David Hunter from DPI-VIC (Bendigo Office). It was the second preparatory meeting for prototyping spatial tagging concept on the MIKE system.

19/7/10
Hamed was successfully granted a “Conference Assistance Scholarship” from the Scholarships Office, the School of Engineering, the University of Melbourne to attend the GSDI-12 World Conference which will be held in Singapore from 18th to 22nd October this year.

1/7/10
The research team hosted a meeting with Mr David Hunter from DPI-VIC (Bendigo Office). It was a preparatory meeting for prototyping spatial tagging concept on the MIKE system.

16/6/10
The research team hosted a meeting with Ms Liz Marchant, Executive Director of ANZLIC, as part of her visit to the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration. During the meeting, the research team presented the activities carried out since the project started. Liz also updated the research team on ANZLIC’s metadata activities.

06/10
“Automatic Spatial Metadata Enrichment: Reducing Metadata Creation Burden through Spatial Folksonomies” paper written by the research team has been accepted to be published in the GSDI 12 pre-conference refereed book.

06/10
“Exploring the Key Areas of Spatial Metadata Automation Research in Australia” paper written by the research team has been accepted to be presented in the refereed stream of the GSDI conference.  This paper was developed and written based on the result of the online survey conducted late 2009.

26/5/10
The research team attended the metadata Australia 2010 conference at University House, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th May, 2010

19/5/10
The metadata research team attended a workshop hosted by the NIMLI (National Infrastructure for Managing Land Information) research team for PSMA Australia at the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, the University of Melbourne. The metadata research team attended the workshop to explore the role of spatial metadata in a national infrastructure.

22/04/10
The PhD Confirmation Seminar by Hamed Olfat was held in the Department of Geomatics, the University of Melbourne. In this seminar, Hamed presented his research progress to-date, future plan, time line and also the thesis structure titled “Automatic Spatial Metadata Updating and Enrichment”. Mr. Garry Mahon from DSE/SII and Dr Christopher Pettit form DPI attended this seminar. In the confirmation assessment meeting, Hamed’s PhD research was confirmed by a panel including Assoc/Prof Abbas Rajabifard, Prof. Ian Williamson, Assoc/Prof Stephan Winter, Assoc/Prof Christopher Pettit and Dr Mohsen Kalantari.

11-16 April 2010
The research team attended the FIG International Congress in Sydney, Australia. Also the paper titled “Automatic Spatial Metadata Update: a New Approach” was presented by Hamed Olfat, the PhD student, on Wednesday 14th. The FIG Congress was a great opportunity for the research team to connect and discuss with the other researchers working on the spatial metadata domain from all around the world.

15/03/10
The paper titled “A synchronisation approach to automate spatial metadata updating process” by Hamed Olfat, Abbas Rajabifard and Mohsen Kalantari was published in Coordinates Magazine, Vol. VI Issue 3.

22/02/10
The paper titled “Automatic Spatial Metadata Update: a New Approach” by Hamed Olfat, Abbas Rajabifard and Mohsen Kalantari was accepted as a peer reviewed paper in XXIV FIG International Congress, Sydney, Australia. This paper is scheduled in the following session:
TS 5B - Information Management Software
Wednesday,
14 April
08:30–10:00
Bayside 103, SCEC
XIV FIG International Congress, Sydney, Australia.

27/01/10
The research team hosted a meeting with Dr. Abolghasem Sadeghi-Niaraki from Inha University – Republic of Korea to explore spatial metadata research activities around Korea. Abolghasem was a scientific visitor to the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration.

12/01/10
The GSDI 12 World Conference will take place in Singapore from 19 to 22 October 2010. The Conference Theme is ‘Realizing Spatially Enabled Societies”. For more information about the conference including Conference Topics, Call for Papers, Important Dates, Registration, Accommodations, etc. please visit: http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi12

03/12/09
The Victorian Spatial Council Forum focusing on defining the vision for ‘Spatially Enabled Victoria’ will be held on 3 December 2009 to present a range of views on the definition of spatial enablement, and discuss what will be needed to develop the vision and architecture for a spatially enabled Victoria that is one of the priorities of the Strategy.

01/12/09
A one page update of the Spatial Metadata Project has been published as an SDI Spotlight in the December issue of Asia and the Pacific Newsletter of the GSDI. To access the newsletter please visit: http://www.gsdi.org/newsletters

23/11/09
NSW Spatial Summit 2009 was held in Sydney on 23/11/09. Spatial metadata was one of the main focuses of the seminar. For more information please contact saeidks@unimelb.edu.au.

26/10/09
The research team hosted a meeting with Mr. Gus Dominguez, Sale Manager - ERDAS Pty Ltd, to discuss the spatial metadata management process in ERDAS Apollo. ERDAS APOLLO 2010 is a customizable enterprise solution for managing large volumes of geospatial data.

20/10/09
A meeting to review Hamed’s progress in the first 6 month of his PhD was held on 20/10/09. In this meeting his research progress was reviewed by a panel including Prof. Ian Bishop, Assoc/Prof Abbas Rajabifard, Dr. Christopher Pettit and Dr. Mohsen Kalantari. His future plan also discussed and approved by the panel.

13/10/09
The research team hosted a meeting with A/Prof Jeop Crompvoets from the University of Leuven – Belgium to explore spatial metadata research activities around Europe. The discussions were mainly on the INSPIRE initiative and the collective approach that the European countries are taking to manage metadata issues. Joep was a scientific visitor to the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration.

28/09/2009 – 02/10/ 2009
The research team attended the SSC2009 in Adelaide. In addition, the paper titled “Spatial Metadata Automation- a New Approach” was presented in this conference.

07/09/09
The research team hosted a meeting with Dr. Christopher Pettit, the
Partner Investigator, Department of Primary Industries, on the research progress and also discussing on how to access Model Information Knowledge Environment (MIKE) technical documents to define a pilot project for Spatial Metadata Automation. In fact, this pilot project will be regarded with adding a spatial tagging module to MIKE system to implement a spatial metadata enrichment process.

27/08/09
The research team hosted a meeting with Mr. Mark Reichardt, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC) presenting aims, objectives, methodology, industry partners, and also progress to date. In addition, OGC standards and web services which can be considered in metadata automation project were discussed.

3/08/09
The spatial metadata research team had a one day visit from the Future Farming Systems Research team (Dr. Chris Pettit, Mr. Steve Williams, Mr. Don Cherry and Mr. David Hunter) at the Department of Primary Industries in Bending. During the visit, both research teams discussed and shared their current activities, technical development, metadata tools and projects. Opportunities for further collaboration were also explored. The research team also visited Mr. Ron Prestidge Executive Director of Future Farming Systems.

31/07/09
ANZMET Lite, the new metadata entry tool developed by the OSDM was launched during a workshop run by ANZLIC hosted by SII, DSE in Melbourne. In this workshop ANZMET Lite were presented and discussed. This is a free lightweight software application in order to create metadata in ANZLIC profile of the ISO 19115 standard. It was discussed that this tool can ultimately be enhanced for interoperability with AnZLIC version of Geonetwork/BlueNet metadata tool. The research team attended  the workshop. You can access and download the tool from the following link http://www.anzlic.org.au/

24/07/09
The research team held separate meetings with Mr. Garry Mohan from Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Mr. Jan Wandek and Mr. Steven Ferraro of AusSoft Ltd., the project industry partners. These meeting were held to review the project progress and discussion on the draft questionnaire. Further collaboration areas were also discussed during the meetings

17/06/2009
The paper “SDI and Metadata Entry and Updating Tools” by Abbas Rajabifard, Mohsen Kalantari and Andrew Binns was presented in GSDI 11 conference. This paper as a refereed book chapter is available on: 
http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi11/papers/pdf/165.pdf
01/06/09
The research team hosted a meeting with Dr. Christopher Pettit, the
Partner Investigator, Department of Primary Industries, on the research progress on 18th May.
04/05/09
We would like to welcome Mr. Hamed Olfat, our new PhD student, to the research team. Hamed started his PhD 4th May.
21/04/09
The research team hosted a meeting with Mr. Brad Spencer, the representative of CubeWerx, on the research progress.
17/04/2009
A paper on "Spatial Metadata Automation" has also been accepted for oral presentation at the SSC conference 2009 in Adelaide. The paper has been submitted for peer review to be published in the conference proceedings.
09/02/09
Spatial metadata project has been officially launched on 9 Feb 2009. All project partners input into discussion on the direction of research provide by the research team. The meeting presentation is available here…
27/03/09
Spatial Metadata automation team within the Centre is establishing a collaborative program with LISAsoft Pty. Metadata teams within LISAsoft Pty and the Centre have had an introductory meeting in March. Both teams introduced their programs in the area of metadata and shared their experiences and advancement.

23/01/09
SDI, Metadata and Updating Tool paper authored by Spatial Metadata Researchers; A/Prof Rajabifard, Dr. Mohsen Kalantari and Mr. Andrew Binns has been accepted for inclusion in the refereed volume to be produced prior to and distributed at GSDI-11.

 

 

 

 

 

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