Earlier this year SIBA(NZ) conducted a survey with the aim of understanding more about the main areas that are important to you and your organisation. The intended use of the results was to assist us with continually improving how to best address the key issues that our members and the wider spatial industry face.
We received 21 responses with majority from privately owned companies and SIBA members.
The clear and outstanding result from the survey was that the main concern relating to spatial technology in NZ continues to be the need to raise awareness of spatial and the benefits which it can bring. The next most significant concern was around access to skills which reflects our ongoing work to provide a skilled geospatial workforce within NZ.
In terms of what is important with respect to SIBA membership benefits, the top 5 responses were:
- Preferential access to sponsorship opportunities
- Representation of your organisation at events
- Start-up / business development mentoring
- Ensuring that your organisation’s geospatial skills needs are met going forward
- Access to professional networking events
We are using this information along with other feedback to help focus our activities for the next period. SIBA(NZ) is working on providing mechanisms to increase the visibility of the work done by its members as well as increasing the reach of spatial. One of the key channels for this is through events which can be categorised as follows:
SIBA events – a number of SIBA events which promote the discussion of geo-spatial technology, innovation and application within NZ. These include the Annual Wellington event as well as the Breakfast seminars in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland scheduled for August.
Collaboration Events – working with other key parties within the spatial industry in NZ to foster better collaboration and knowledge sharing across the community. Informal evening events in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch are scheduled for later this year.
3rd Party Events – these are events which we are working to provide our members with access to through either having a direct presence or by having their stories told. This will include traditional GIS events such as the 2015 NZ Esri User Conference as well as non-GIS events such as conferences focussing on key verticals.
Keep an eye on the SIBA(NZ) website News items, twitter (@SIBA_NZ) and your email for event announcements, details and updates.