Spatial information is the digital connection between location, people and activities. This information can graphically illustrate what is happening where, how and why to show the insight and impact of the past, the present and the likely future.

The knowledge produced by spatial information is fundamental to the lives of every Australian and New Zealander. In many cases, it ends with a map…

While spatial information, at its essence, has been around ever since humans knew their left from their right. The advent of computing power and the ability to collect data on nearly all aspects of life is allowing us to see patterns and information that were literally invisible before — just think, everything happens somewhere. Spatial information in the modern world includes the development of information technology tools, such as aerial and satellite remote sensing imagery, the many Global Navigation Satellite Systems we have (including GPS) and computerised geographic information systems (GIS). These tools are allowing many different fields to use the power of where to uncover meaning and gain insights unprecedented in the past.

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There are hundreds of ways spatial information can assist and aide in the everyday lives of all people. Here are just a few: