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New Mechanism C funding of $325,000 was obtained for 1994 by an expanded consortium with seven new members: Flinders University of South Australia; Murdoch University; Northern Terriroty University; University of New England; University of Newcastle; University of Queensland; and Victoria University of Technology.
An additional $161,000 was obtanied for 1995 under the ARC's Research Infrastructure (Equipment and Facilities) program, and the consortium was expanded to include Queensland University of Technology and the University of Technology, Sydney. A final grant of $100,000 from the same program was obtained for 1996, when the University of Southern Queensland joined the Consortium.
The aim of the SIIASA Project is to establish GIS databases covering all of Asia, defined broadly to encompass the Near East and the Islands of the Pacific Basin in addition to South, Southeast, and East Asian Countries. By the end of 1996, much had been accomplished, and the work continues at ACASIAN in 1997.
Apart from China which has been digitised independently, the base map for the SIIASA spatial databases will be the 1:1m Digital Chart of the World, to which local administrative boundaries will be added in order to analyse census and other attribute data. Larger scale spatial data will be incorporated where available and needed to service regional research interests. Individual research projects may contribute highly detailed local map information that would not be of great interest to other users, but which would benefit from being put into SIIASA's wider spatial contexts.
This page last updated April 18, 1999.