Open Data – Tasmania

The last few months have seen some changes in the availability of data for those of us that like mapping and other geeky things.

In December, the Tasmanian government started releasing some spatial data via an “Open Data Portal” where its possible to download GIS vector data such as the road network, rivers, streams, lakes, contours and even property parcels. All this data can be used with the QGIS software we are using. Just about every state is now starting to make data available which is great for volunteer organisations working with lean budgets. The data is being released with Creative Commons licencing so be sure to attribute your maps appropriately.

There has also been a change to the supply of TASMAP digital raster maps. These can now be downloaded (but not for free!) from the TASMAP eshop. Each 1:25,000 map can be purchased in a couple of formats that suits both QGIS and Garmin GPS’s. If you have a recent Garmin GPS, such as a 62 model or Etrex then each map can be loaded as a background image. There are some limitations but these can be very handy in some instances and at just $2 a map sheet its not a huge investment.

Of course if you only need an overview map then you can download the whole of Australia as a raster map from Geoscience Australia but be warned, its a huge 3Gb download and that definitely wont fit on your Garmin in its current format.

Sue and the family history

geneabloggersOn our previous website, I had a lot of information about our family history. I have recently completed an online, free university course and as part of that began a new blog all about our family history. Here is the link to  my blog: Oér the seas we go

Included in that blog is most of the pages from our previous website plus some new ones that I have been researching lately.

The blog also includes information about the courses I have been doing which now includes WW1: 100 stories which I have found to be fascinating. Check out the posts on my blog by choosing the category WW1: 100 stories.

Back Online

Like so many other sites we have had some unsavory person decide to inject some malicious code into our old site so, its time for a change! Bear with us whilst we get things back up and running.