November 7-8, 2018 @ Google Office, Sydney, NSW

2015 IMW participants in Waterloo, ON, Canada

IMW in Australia

Google is partnering with the University of Technology Sydney, Tarruru Pty Ltd, Digital Navigators Ltd. and the Firelight Group to host its first Indigenous Mapping Workshop in Australia in November 2018. The goal of the workshop is to build the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia to use Google mapping tools to map and monitor their lands and tell their stories of connection with the land and water.

What you'll learn

Participants will have the opportunity to hear success stories, learn & share best practices, and will receive training on free and practical Google mapping tools, which participants can use to collect, host, visualize, share and publish map data, supporting communities to make informed decisions about their lands and water. Sessions may explore themes highlighted at Indigenous Mapping Workshops in Canada and New Zealand, including traditional land use and occupancy studies, environmental monitoring, and inter-generational knowledge transfer. The technical training will be co-led by Google Earth Outreach and Indigenous mapping practitioners with years of practical experience in the field.

Training modules will allow participants to learn the following:

  • Building quick and easy online maps that are collaborative and interactive
  • Creating maps from spreadsheets of data
  • Using Google Earth to guide a discussion about the landscape and record sites of significance
  • Bringing GIS and GPS data into Google Earth for visualization
  • Setting up a mobile data collection project that allows you to create survey forms, deploy them to Android phones and collect data (including GPS) offline in the field to be visualized on a map.
  • Telling a map-based narrative story that guides your audience across the land and water
  • Capturing your own 360-degree Street View images to take people on virtual visits to the land
Using satellite imagery to facilitate discussion at a community meeting in Sanikiluaq, NU, Canada
The Ngarluma Ngurra Cultural Map: a Google Earth experience designed to provide an insight into Ngarluma culture and relationship to country.
2014 IMW participants in Victoria, BC, Canada

Who Should Apply

The Indigenous Mapping Workshop is for members of, or people working directly with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities or organizations in Australia. Preference will be given to:

  • Decision-makers and mapping or technology specialists
  • Applicants who demonstrate interest and ability to implement and make effective use of Google mapping technology within their community
  • Applicants who are currently working on mapping projects, or are planning mapping projects in their communities.

In order to ensure space for a diverse group of participants, there is a maximum of two participants per community or organization.

IMW Planning Committee

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