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When: August 23, 2017 6:00 pm

Location: Macalister Brewing Company, Smithfield

Photographs are now a primary means of gathering information but are difficult to organise. An Image Information System can organise large photo collections and reveal spatial and temporal patterns.

How do you investigate phenomena that are too slow to observe or where patterns at occur at landscape scale and cannot be observed from any vantage point? Bringing information together through time and space is the key to revealing patterns and processes. Scientific research designs are costly and limiting as they have to be narrowly focused. An Image Information System can use photographs to document a wide variety of environmental subjects concurrently to provide a holistic view of the environment through space and time.

As an environmental consultant, I undertake a wide variety of environmental surveys, particularly vegetation, flora and weed surveys. Some of my projects are hundreds of kilometres long and only a few days are provided to undertake all field work. Approximately ten years ago, I decided that the only way to cope was to forget the notepad and make the digital camera my primary form of data collection. Some days, I would take take more than 2000 photographs covering many topics, and my collection of photos soon become so great that I could not find the photos I was looking for! A whole new set of tools were required – the Image Information System.

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