SPUR frequently asked questions

Find answers to some common queries.

What is SPUR?

SPUR, powered by Landgate, is the Western Australian government services hub for the innovative use of location information. Read about us and our background.

SPUR is not an acronym. It's a call to action.

The aim of SPUR is to support WA government, businesses, startups and individuals using location data to develop products and services that:

  • improve government service delivery to benefit the community
  • create and grow successful local business enterprises to develop a stronger WA economy
  • reduce the operating costs of government and industry.

We want to ‘SPUR on’ WA.

Given that everything happens in a geographical place, collated data will often include a component of spatial data or location information.

The term “location information” can be interchanged with spatial, geospatial, geodata, property, place and geographic information. It refers to any piece of information that has a location element, such as an address, a postcode, a building, a landmark, or a census area.

Examples of products and services with a location information component:

  • Your navigation system or GPS uses geospatial location or points of interest such as hotels, parking and shopping centres, in planning a route to your destination.
  • Health applications use location data to link you to your nearest medical services.
  • Satellite imagery of shopping centre car parks provides insights into customer behaviour that can assist in business decision-making.

The use of location information is central to your business idea.

SPUR is powered by Landgate, the Western Australian Land Information Authority.

We offer access to location information collated from our core business of registrations, valuations, surveying and mapping. We help open up data across government.

Read about location information data.

Sure. Catch the testimonials from some of our startups.

The SPURonWA grant program is an annual offering of funding support to WA businesses, startups and individuals developing innovative location based products and services.

Round 4 of the SPURonWA grants will be announced in 2019. Follow SPUR on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for SPURonWA grant updates.

Read more about the aim of the grants and previous winners.

Yes. If your idea is location data based, we can assist with services like access to data and expertise, co-working and connections at any time. Contact us.

Contact one of our consultants to discuss the best way we can address your specific request.

In the meantime, visit DataWA to discover over 1000 datasets from a range of organisations.

SPUR is powered by Landgate, the Western Australian Land Information Authority.

SPUR is Landgate’s way of bundling together some of its key services and making them easily accessible to you.

Landgate leads the Whole of Government Open Data Policy for the state of Western Australia. It advocates for the better management and use of government data. The Open Data team is part of SPUR. It developed DataWA to help collate government data so that it’s discoverable and available for use.

The Shared Location Information Platform, otherwise known as SLIP, is an open data platform for Western Australia. The aim of SLIP is to improve access to, and use of location data across the public, private and research sectors.

SLIP is a key component in delivering the Western Australian Whole-of-Government Open Data Policy (2015), which states that government agencies should make their datasets publicly available.

SLIP is now accessed through the WA Government's open data website, data.wa.gov.au (DataWA).

To reduce costs to government, the Capture WA Program coordinates requests for location-based information from across state and local governments and uses a panel contract to purchase the data on behalf of the WA Land Information System (WALIS). Read more about Capture WA.

The Western Australian Land Information System (WALIS) was established in 1981 by the Western Australian Government. The WALIS community is a unique collaboration between government, private and research sectors that ensures an holistic approach to location information management in Western Australia.

The Landgate Innovation Team is ready to share the experience of our decade long journey. The team can visit you, or you can come to us. Read the Innovation FAQs.

What’s the best way to contact someone at SPUR?

Call the SPUR Hub Coordinator on 08 9273 0787 or email at spur@landgate.wa.gov.au.

You can also use the collaborate/ contact us form found on all our website pages.

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