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Type of Appeal: Portal Rejected
Portal Title: Mt Barney Historical Survey Mark
Location: 28°16' 50.1431" S, 152°41' 54.3429" E
Google Maps View (see the mark if you pan down): https://www.google.com/maps/views/view/118268620686630580163/gphoto/6024952119034701794  
Survey Document (Including original 1929 Survey report): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_PvFi-ngOJTDFORmE5OWFsZm8/view?usp=sharing

Description: This portal is a brass first order class A survey mark at the summit of Mt Barney in Mt Barney National Park that was installed in April 1929. The portal meets the following criteria:

A LOCATION WITH A COOL STORY, A PLACE IN HISTORY OR EDUCATIONAL VALUE
The Mt Barney Trig, installed in April 1929, was one of the original survey markers in Queensland, with the location chosen for maximum viability in all directions (see the Maps View image). It was installed by the now disbanded Royal Australian Survey Corps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Australian_Survey_Corps and was originally a 303 shell case cemented in a hole drilled in the rock. In 1974 the site was resurveyed and the marker upgraded to the current brass plaque.

A HIDDEN GEM OR HYPER-LOCAL SPOT
Mt Barney is the fifth highest mountain in Queensland and is often regarded as one of the most impressive parts of the Scenic Rim. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Barney The National park is a popular local destination for bushwalkers and campers.

A POINT OF INTEREST THAT FACILITATES DISCOVERY / EXERCISE
Mt Barney National Park has some of the best (and some of the hardest) walks in South East Queensland, Australia. Animal species found on the mountain include platypus, rock wallabies and Coxen's Fig Parrot. Heath vegetation on the mountain provides habitat for a colony of the endangered Eastern Bristlebird. The submitted portal and tracks to it are publicly accessible and is entirely within the national park. It can be reached as part of a day walk or groups can camp nearby. By virtue of it's elevation it enjoys good mobile phone reception.
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I generally like survey markers, and when they're national surveys (equivalent to USGS) the recovery notes alone can be interesting historical reading. The problem here isn't validity (IMHO), it's proximity. In the middle of nowhere... there's a portal out there, 8m away from the survey marker: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=-28.280833,152.698333&z=17&pll=-28.2806,152.698515

Honestly, it just seems to be an invalid, landscape/nature shot, possibly panoromio seed?, and not at a specific location in the first place. So hopefully +NIA Ops can work something out which allows this to be accepted.

But good luck, you'll need it.
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I asked where the designers were?  Designers to build the user experience, construct the emotional buy-in and constantly question, observe, network, and experiment with the product. I personally believe that to build understandable land management tools that will engage users you need designers in the team from the start. The answer I got was something like this: "we need to build a tool to get interest and buy in, then we'll make it look good".  This fundamentally devalues designers and their input, and, if I understand the problem of "engaging landholders to better understand and make informed land management decisions", shows a lack of understanding of the simplification and aggregation process required to communicate the science in an accessible and frictionless way.

I am clearly not a designer, but I really believe that these days, publicly funded, public good projects need designers centrally involved from the start. There is too much choice and too much good design out there to adopt the classical "build it and they will come" approach. The linked post is a nice example of why Disruption by design is a thing.
Proposing that design innovation — not technological innovation — is what disrupts businesses and industries.
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Just got a nice link by email - "Making Flow Happen"

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"In data visualization, flow is crucial. Your audience should smoothly absorb and use the information in a dashboard without distractions or turbulence. Lack of flow means lack of communication, which means failure"

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Not strictly #ingress related (but damn handy for those secret anomoly maps) this Orifix Mapboard arrived yesterday and is the nicest one of these I've used. Beats the clipboard and cable ties after my old one broke. Move your selected offroad portals onto a paper open cycle map and you have a waterproof, robust battery free navigation solution. Also essential for MTB orienteering :-)
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That could come in very handy in a "Cross off unique portals" idea I've been having.
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