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12–15 December 2011

Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Head of the IE Department and Director of the CSDILA, attended the Eye On Earth summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12–15 December, 2011.

23–25 November 2011

Ms Nilofer Tambuwala, Ms Katie Potts, and Mr Sam Amirebrahimi attended and presented at the SSSC 2011 conference in Wellington, New Zealand, 23–25 November, 2011.

16–18 November 2011

Dr Ida Jazayeri and Mr Ali Aien attended 2nd International Workshop on 3D Cadastres and presented the paper “Advanced Principles of 3D Cadastral Data Modelling", 16–18 November, 2011 in Delft, the Netherlands.

1 November 2011

Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director of CSDILA, and President of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association, had an interview with FutureGov Asia Pacific Magazine about indirect effects of social networking sites such as Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter on the SDI. To read the full interview,  please click here.

24–26 October 2011

Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director of CSDILA, attended the First High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 24–26 October, 2011.

October 2011

Abbas Rajabifard, Director of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration, has been promoted to full Professor at the University of Melbourne.

We are proud to announce that Abbas Rajabifard, Director of the Centre for SDIs & Land Administration, was promoted to full Professor in the recent round of the Melbourne University promotions.

As well as the great work that Abbas is doing in the Center he is highly regarded for the work that he does within the International Organisations (GSDI, UN PCGIAP) more generally on spatial enablement, sustainable city development using SDI and land administration.

We are very proud of his high faculty achievements in all areas of teaching, research, and service, and we thank him for representing our Centre so well.

5–7 October 2011

The 4th UN sponsored Land Administration Forum for the Asia Pacific Region “Beyond Spatial Enablement” along with the 10 year Anniversary Celebration of CSDILA was a major success as it witnessed reputable international personalities attending the seminar and sharing their expertise and contributing to a great extent to the outcomes of the event. The event was concluded with the 10 year anniversary celebrations of the center.

5 October 2011

ARC-Linkage project Land and Property Management in 3D was successfully launched on the 5 October 2011, The University of Melbourne.

5–7 October 2011

4th UN sponsored Land Administration Forum for the Asia and Pacific Region — Beyond Spatial Enablement along with the 10 years celebration of CSDILA from the 5th–7th October 2011, The University of Melbourne.

27–28 September 2011

Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director, Center for SDIs and Land Administration, has attended the Eye On Earth summit as a member of framework committee in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27–28 September, 2011.

15 September 2011

The article titled A synchronisation approach to automate spatial metadata updating process which was published by Hamed Olfat, Abbas Rajabifard and Mohsen Kalantari in Coordinates Magazine (Volume VI, Issue 3, March 2010) has been listed as one of the “Most Viewed” articles in the Coordinates Magazine Website (mycoordinates.org) with more than 4, 800 views. This article has been an output of the “Spatial Metadata Automation” ARC-Linkage Project.

14 September 2011

Mr Sam Amirebrahimi, PhD student in the Center for SDI and LA, was awarded SSSI Postgraduate Student Winner 2011 at the Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards (VSEA) gala dinner, Melbourne, Australia.

7 September 2011

The Honourable Mathew Guy, Minister of Planning visited the Centre for SDIs and Land Administartion, The University of Melbourne, Australia, 7 September 2011.

14 September 2011

A research team from the Centre for SDIs & LA attended and presented at SSSi Victorian Spatial Summit 2011", 14 September, 2011, Melbourne, Australia.

29 August 2011

Mr Mohammad Reza Namazi Rad from SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, visited the Centre, 29 August 2011.

19 August 2011

Ms Liz Marchant, Executive Director in the ANZLIC National Office, and A/professor Kevin McDougall, Associate Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, The University of Southern Queensland, visited the Centre.

18 August 2011

Prof Dr Milan Konecny from Masaryk University (Czech Repoblic), past-president of ICA & vice-president of International Society for Digital Earth, and also Dr Temenoujka Bandrova from University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Sofia, Bulgaria) visited the Centre.

4–8 July 2011

Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director, Center for SDIs and Land Administration, has attended the 25th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Paris, France, with the theme Enlightened view on Cartography and GIS.  This conference was participated by over 1400 from 87 countries. As part of the conference, Abbas as President of GSDI Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Prof Bill Cartwright, the President of International Cartographic Association (ICA). The purpose of this MoU is for better Collaboration and future activities and to provide a framework for a continuing liaison between the two GSDI and ICA Associations.

During the conference and on Monday July 4th, there was also an official Annual meeting of the Joint Board of International Geospatial Societies (JB-GIS) in which Abbas has also attended as a member of this Board.

In addition to this, on the 5th July, Abbas has attended the Arctic SDI International Advisory Meeting. Recently Abbas has been invited to be an International member of the Arctic SDI which is an initiative in Arctic region with 8 countries (Canada; Denmark-Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Russian Federation; Sweden; and United States of America).  The aim of Arctic SDI is to jointly develop an SDI platform to enable pan-Arctic science and societal decisions.

22–24 June 2011

Director, Center for SDIs and Land Administration, Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard and Professor Ian Williamson have been attended the 11th South East Asian Survey Congress (11th SEASC 2011) and the 13th International Surveyors’ Congress (13th ISC 2011), which was held from 22–24 June 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the theme INNOVATION TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY.

This combined event was organised in conjunction with and as part of the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia’s (ISM) 50th year celebrations. Ian and Abbas have been invited as two keynote speakers to attend and deliver two talks each during this congress. 

The Congress highlighted initiatives aimed at encouraging the convergence, sharing and use of innovative technologies and knowledge as well as other initiatives to forge new collaborations and identify potential avenues for research, development and innovation across all related disciplines for the benefit of the profession and the community towards sustainable development. The congress was attended by over 800 participants.

21 June 2011

As part of the trip to Malaysia to attend the 11th South East Asian Survey Congress 2011 in KL, A/Prof Abbas Rajabifard has also visited the Malaysian Centre for geospatial data infrastructure (MaCGDI). This Centre established by the government to manage and promote the development of geospatial data infrastructure for Malaysia (MyGDI). MaCGDI also responsible for coordinating access and delivery of the geographic information held by all government agencies.

Established in December 2002 to replace the NaLIS Secretariat under the Minstry of Land and Cooperative Development (MLCD). On the 27th March 2004, MaCGDI was subsumed under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE).

The mission of MaCGDI is to build networks of people and technology to facilitate, coordinate and manage geospatial data infrastructure through the development of policies, standards, data, ICT Technology, R&D and skilled human resources by providing customer-focused, cost effective and timely delivery of geospatial data.

MaCGDI is organised with thirteen (13) sections and is set out to carry the following objectives:

To help in land information sharing and exchange between agencies by using the latest on-line information technology hence the latest and correct information can be conveyed quickly and reliably. To avoid wastage due to uncoordinated  efforts in collecting, processing, maintaining, preparing and distributing land information that is need for the land planning, land usage monitoring and environment supervision.

November 2011

A Summer school “Advanced Spatial data Infrastructure (SDI)” took place in Leuven, Belgium in November 2011. This summer school has been organised by the University of Melbourne (Australia), SPATIALIST (a SDI-research consortium existing of the universities K.U. Leuven and V.U. Brussels, Belgium) and supported by the Global Spatial Data Infrastrucure (GSDI) Association.

31 May 2011

The paper Cadastral Futures: Building a New Vision for the Nature and Role of Cadastres by Rohan Bennett, Abbas Rajabifard, Mohsen Kalantari, Jude Wallace, and Ian Williamson has been selected as the article of the month in June 2011 by FIG, 31 May 2011.

30 May 2011

The Centre for SDIs and Land Administration successfully gained a new LP grant from Australian Research Council (ARC) for Land and property information in 3D.

Congratulations to all and the project’s partners and collaborating organisation(s):

  • Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
  • Intergovernmental Committee On Surveying & Mapping
  • Land and Property Management Authority NSW
  • Owners Corporation Victoria
  • PSMA Australia Ltd

18–22 May 2011

Professor Ian Williamson and Mr Muyiwa Agunbiade attended and presented at FIG Working Week 2011 Bridging the Gaps between Cultures in Marrakech, Morocco, 18–22 May 2011.

7–9 April 2011

Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard visited to University of Maine-GSDI Strategic Planning meeting, 7–9 April, 2011.

4–6 April 2011

Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard attended at United Nations Third Preparatory Meeting on Global Geospatial Information Management, 4–6 April, 2011.

1 April 2011

Centre’s Advisory meeting held at the University of Melbourne, 1 April 2011.

29 March 2011

Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard has been awarded for “the most cited article 2005 to 2010” by ELSEVIER, Computer & Geosciences Journal (ISI Journal), 29 March 2011.

21–24 March 2011

A visiting group (Land Administration and Development undergraduate and postgraduate students) from UNIVERSITI TECHNOLOGI MALAYSIA (UTM) visited CSDILA and the University of Melbourne, 21-24 March 2011, Melbourne, Australia.

14–16 March 2011

Ms Jude Wallace attended and presented at Expert Group Meeting on Pro-Poor Land Recordation System , 14–16 March 2011 in Paris, France.

21–23 February 2011

Associate Prof Abbas Rajabifard and Ms Katie Potts attended at 2011 APCO Australia and presented about “Regarding Spatially-Enabled Society and Public Safety", 21-23 February, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.

23–24 February 2011

Ms Jude Wallace and Dr Rohan Bennett will represent NIMLI at the upcoming ANZLIC RRRs workshop to be held in Sydney (23rd and 24th of February). The team will give an overview on contemporary approaches for managing RRRs. The workshop will build on earlier ANZLIC work to develop a new plan for holistic organization of RRRs information across Australia. A tentative plan is to combine some of the NIMLI and RRRs work. This will be discussed further at the workshop.

15 January 2011

Senior members of the Centre will run a workshop to present state-of-the art methodologies and techniques in the area of SDIs to the Murray Darling Basin Authority. The aim of the workshop is to improve MDBA’s knowledge of SDI and assist the authority in developing an SDI vision.

24–25 January 2011

Professor David J. Cowen, from Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, visited the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration on 24th and 25 th of January, 2011. He met with staff and students. Additionaly, he delivered a MERIT visiting scholars lecture on January 24th at 4.00 pm. in Eng. Block C, Theatre C2. The lecture is titled The Geospatial Revolution.

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