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Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information
The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRC-SI) officially commenced operation on 1 July 2003. Its major partners are a consortium of small to medium companies (41 P/L), the universities of Melbourne, New South Wales and Curtin; and the governments of Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia as well as an Australian Government consortium comprising Geoscience Australia and the Department of Defence.
A key focus of the Action Agenda was industry development. The Action Agenda identified a number of actions needing to be taken by governments, the private sector and academia to build a robust spatial information industry focused on meeting the needs of all sectors in society for spatial information services and products.
Industry leaders recognised that research and development was a key enabler for industry growth and and identified the benefit of proposing a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) focused on developing this capability.
ANZLIC commissioned the University of Melbourne to prepare a feasibility study, which found a good case for creating a CRC. Subsequently, Mr Warwick Watkins (Chair, ANZLIC) facilitated a meeting of interested parties in Melbourne in November 2001. A consortium was formed as a result of the meeting. A Steering Committee chaired by Professor Ian Williamson and comprising representatives of the consortium members prepared a business case for a CRC-SI and submitted the proposal in May 2002. The Australian Government announced the creation of the CRC-SI in December 2002 with about $80 million in funding over a seven year period.
The main office of the CRC-SI is located in the Department of Geomatics, University of Melbourne, with other offices located in universities in Sydney, Perth and Bathurst.
goals of the CRC-SI
The mission of the CRC-SI is to develop the concept of a Virtual Australia, uniting research and commercial innovation in spatial information.
The CRC-SI aims to:
research programs being undertaken
The research programs (listed below) focus on future needs of the spatial information industry, as well as upon the infrastructures required to support the provision of these needs. These programs are driven by the requirements of the user community as articulated by the industry participants, the prospects for successful technology transfer and ultimate commercialisation of project outcomes, and the expertise brought to spatial information research by the research program leaders and their respective teams.
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