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What is spatial information

Queensland is generally located between 10° & 29° S latitude and 138° & 154° E longitude (Source: Geoscience Australia) with an area of 1,723,800 km2 (source: DNRM*).

Spatial information (sometimes referred to as geospatial information) is a fundamental and important element of everyday life.

Spatial information describes a location, or is information than can be linked to a location. Everything around us has a location and a dimension which can be represented by spatial information.

It plays a vital role in informing planning and resource management decisions. Both the government and private sector rely on spatial information to deliver products and services efficiently and effectively.

For example, spatial information is used to facilitate swift rescue responses by emergency services, provide information to plan land development, plan holiday routes, weather forecasts or simply locate the nearest shopping centre.

Combining spatial information with suitable technology such as Google Maps and the Queensland  Globe delivers high quality, accessible spatial information capable of supporting business,  natural resources, government services and the environment.

Spatial science

The study of spatial science is the measurement, management, analysis and presentation of spatial or location based information describing the Earth, its physical features on both land and water, and our man-made environment. The pathway into spatial science begins with geography in schools. Spatial  science  was traditionally known as mapping and surveying.

Maps

A map is a spatial representation of the Earth's surface showing how things relate to each other by distance, direction, shape and size.

Learn more about maps by visiting the ICSM website -  thefundamentals of mapping.

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Last updated: 13 September 2016


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