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The CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) is a research organisation funded by Australia's Cooperative Research Centre Program (CRC)[1] and by participant contributions. CRCSI was founded in 2003 and, with the successful rebid announced in August 2009[2], will continue to 2018[3]. It conducts research and development projects that involve collaboration between government, corporate and academic resources.

The purpose of CRCSI is to create new wealth for its participants and the nation through innovative research, application and commercialisation of spatial information technologies; through education; and through building collaborative partnerships[4]. The CRCSI "aims to develop technologies to provide tools for commercial exploitation by Australian industry" (Smith 2008)[5].

A study commissioned by the CRCSI and ANZLIC in 2008 found that the spatial information industry contributed from $6.4 and $12.6 billion to Australia's GDP in 2006-07.[6] Since its beginning, CRCSI has focussed on both the innovative application of emerging technology and the development of new technologies.[7]

CRCSI membership includes ANZLIC and ANZLIC’s members; an SME consortium called 43pl comprising over 60 companies; several universities and many government departments.[8] "43pl has enabled small to medium-sized companies to do things collectively that they could not possibly do individually" (Woodgate 2004)[9].

CRCSI has offices in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland in Australia and also Wellington in New Zealand.[4]

CRCSI activities are applied to several key industry sectors, including:

  • agriculture;
  • natural resources and climate change;
  • defence and security;
  • energy and utilities;
  • health;
  • sustainable planning for urban development.



A number of CRCSI research projects have been commercialised including[11]

  • MillMapper - an innovative terrestrial laser scanner technique for safely measuring the rate of wear of mineral processing mills which is being commercialised by Scanalyse Pty Ltd.
  • Indji Watch - a web-based emergency management system for integrating all tactical emergency management activities through one web portal which is being commercialised by iintegrate Pty Ltd. Indji Watch started as "Hazwatch", a CRCSI Proof of Concept software, in 2004 [12][13].
  • Barista – an affordable, easy-to-use photogrammetric software system for the generation of spatial information products from satellite imagery.


  1. ^ CRC website
  2. ^ "$180 million dedicated to the Australian CRCSI-2", GeoConnexion. 7 August 2009. (accessed 28 May 2010).
  3. ^ ANZLIC News, "The CRC for Spatial Information wins rebid". 10 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b CRCSI website
  5. ^ Paul Smith. "Spatial devices boost economic growth". The Australian Financial Review. 17 Mar 2008
  6. ^ Sandra Rossi "Landmark study qualifies economic benefits of spatial information", Computerworld. 14 March 2008.
  7. ^ "CRC Starts Work". Oct/Nov 2005. Position Magazine.
  8. ^ "New research program will spatially enable us" Landmark Magazine. The Victorian Spatial Council. Issue 34, April 2009. pp 11–12. ISSN Number 1449-4965. (accessed 28 May 2010).
  9. ^ Peter Woodgate (CRCSI Chief Executive), quoted in "Small is bountiful", Winning Ways: Information and Communication Technology. 2004–2005 CRC Publication. Australian Government: Department of Education, Science and Training.
  10. ^ CRCSI Information sheet, 2010
  11. ^ CRCSI Achievements Brochure 2003–2008
  12. ^ Indji Watch: Who We Are
  13. ^ David Binning. "Warning issued as detection system remains an enigma". The Australian Financial Review. 5 October 2006

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