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Keynote Presentation:
Where to now for the Queensland Globe?

Steven Jacoby, Executive Director – Land and Spatial Information, Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines 


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5 Things You Will Learn

  1. How the Globe came into being post the natural disasters in Qld in 2011
  2. The drivers behind the rapid rise and expansion of the Globe’s content
  3. The success factors that have made the program so popular
  4. How it was applied in front of world leaders during the G20
  5. The challenges, risks and solutions proposed to replace the underlying technology for the current Queensland Globe.

Target Audience

Anyone with an interest in what makes a successful public facing spatial application and what happens when that flagship program faces a huge technology disruption. Relevant to government policy and solutions staff, business and general users.

Presentation Overview
Born out of adversity and opportunity, the Queensland Globe has, in just 3 years, grown to become one of the most popular online applications in the State, routinely serving over 12M map requests per day. Placed in the spotlight at Australia’s G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, the ‘Globe’ has also gone on to attract an international audience with a wide range of content. But any touch-point in the digital economy can be subject to disruption and the Queensland Globe is no exception. With Google announcing they will no longer support the underlying technology upon which the Globe was built, the future of this flagship spatial initiative has been placed under a cloud. This presentation will trace the genesis and rise of the Queensland Globe, its expansion to include over 500 open spatial data sets from across the government sector and most importantly why it has been embraced by the public, business and government users alike. The critical next steps and our future aspirations for the Globe will be discussed as we address the core problem: How do you successfully transition many thousands of anonymous users from all over the country and the world from a solution they’ve come to love, to a different technology without disrupting them or the program losing momentum?


Steven Jacoby PSM Steve is the Executive Director of Land and Spatial Information in the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM), responsible for the state’s fundamental spatial data, strategies and policies. Steve has chaired the Queensland Spatial Information Council (QSIC) for the past 12 years, is the Deputy Chair of ANZLIC and Queensland’s director for PSMA Australia. Steve commenced his career with Land Victoria as a trainee and went on to lead that state’s Land Information Group for seven years. In 2003, he commenced with the Queensland Government as Chief Information Officer for the Department of Natural Resources and Water. Steve holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from RMIT University and a Research Master of Surveying Science from The University of Melbourne and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Future Environments at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Steve was awarded the Public Service Medal for services to land and spatial information in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.