Location Index: Capability, Methodology and Approach

Ms Irina Bastrakova1, Mr Shane Crossman1, Mr Paul Box2

1Geoscience Australia, Canberra, Australia, 2CSIRO, , Australia


Location can be described and used to spatially integrate and enable data in a number of different ways. The Location Index (LOC-I) is a framework that provides a consistent way to seamlessly integrate data on people, business, and the environment.

This GIS without GIS framework brings together modern technological approaches of Linked Data and Discrete Global Grid Systems (DGGS) as well as important aspects of Social Architecture to ensure relevance, transperancy, openness and accessibility of multidiscuplinary data for the Australian Government and non-government users.

LOC-I aims to provide the standards-based flexible spatial data infrastructures to support cross-sector decision making, planning and service delivery.

LOC-I also aims to support cross-domain foundation data linkages and analysis tools to open up substantial opportunity for providing a richer set of information to develop, analyse and evaluate policy, programs and services.

Through developing new capabilities across Commonwealth agencies, Location Index objective is to provide users with:

  • improved and standardised governance of data and information
  • improved location referencing by data custodians for future use
  • improved ways of doing business, reducing cost and time in collection, management and delivery
  • a greater number of users and re-uses of the data
  • governed and managed federated supply chains
  • communities of subject matter experts to enable information sharing


Irina Bastrakova is a Director of Spatial Data Architecture at of Geoscience Australia.

Irina has been actively involved with international and national geoinformatics communities for more than 18 years. Interested in practical applications of geoscientific and geospatial standards through leveraging common information models, data patterns and vocabularies across multidisciplinary data assets to support effective ingestion of data within High Performance environments, her particular focus is on application and adoption of modern technologies such as Linked Data and improving online accessibility to geoscientific data through application of common metadata and data standards.

Irina has M.Sc in Structural Geology from the Moscow State University. Irina is the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Metadata Working Group. She is a member of a number of international (ISGN Technical and Governance Committees) and national committees (Standards Australia, ARDC Metadata Advisory Board, Australian Government Linked Data Working Group).


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