Building Foundation Spatial Data

Crossman Shane 1

 1Geoscience Australia, Canberra, Australia

The national mapping function within Geoscience Australia is undergoing significant change as it positions itself for the future.  This is driven by the need to deliver on the Geoscience Australia 2028 Strategy, changes in technology and a need to deliver Foundation Data more consistently and efficiently to our users.  The 2019-20 Bushfires and the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic have also emphasised the need for improvements in common operating pictures throughout government to enable faster and smarter planning, decision making and recovery support in times of crisis.  These changes will help us provide the data and tools to facilitate this more effectively. 

Geoscience Australia key outcomes for a foundation spatial data will include;

  • Geoscience Australia to develop a nationally consistent common operating picture for Location Information 
  • Supports Australia’s national challenges, such as bushfires and global pandemic 
  • Internal changes to focus resources on the challenge, fundamental changes to the way we source and store data. 
  • Improve the way we inform the users of ANZLIC’s Foundation Spatial Data Framework in terms of quality and accessibility (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable FAIR principal) 
  • Program to initially focus on Transport and Physical Infrastructure  


Shane Crossman has worked in the spatial and location information sector for the past 25 years, with a focus on data management, and data acquisitions of foundation spatial data.

About the GSA

The Geological Society of Australia was established as a non-profit organisation in 1952 to promote, advance and support Earth sciences in Australia.

As a broadly based professional society that aims to represent all Earth Science disciplines, the GSA attracts a wide diversity of members working in a similarly broad range of industries.