Making Geospatial Opportunities Accessible to All - Interview with Dr Suchith Anand

Suchith Anand served as the founding chair of the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies. He is currently serving as the chair of Geospatial IG of Research Data Alliance (RDA). He is working for the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Labs/Research Centres in key universities worldwide as part of the GeoForAll initiative with the mission to make geospatial education and opportunities accessible to all. He is currently working as an Independent researcher for the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. Before joining GODAN, he worked at the University of Nottingham where he established the first Open... (read more)
2017-10-10 09:03:30

Plymouth University

Welcome to Plymouth We are a world-class, modern university*. Vibrant and friendly, with a strong reputation for innovation. Times Higher Education described us as one of the newly-emerging ‘modern global elite’. Your student experience We are one of the largest universities in the country with around 27,000 students studying a variety of courses from farming to photography, business to biology, and design to dentistry. Our roots go back more than 150 years to the School of Navigation, but it is our modernity that gives us energy and direction. It gives us the freedom to define our strategic priorities and our values. It... (read more)
2016-07-13 01:55:43

GIS Enabling a Smarter World - Esri User Conference 2017

On the 16 May 2017 for the fourth year running, the QEII Conference centre in bustling Westminster, within walking distance to the houses of parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye in the distance played host to the popular Esri UK Annual Conference. With record-breaking attendance of 3,000 visitors it was clear that the industry was here for the event and not the sightseeing! ‘GIS Enabling a Smarter World’ was the theme of the conference and delegates were welcomed in the Plenary by Pete Wilkinson, Head of Professional Services Group Esri UK, who gave a brief overview of... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:13:08

Insights into GIS Data - GeoCom17

An impressive line-up of speakers climbed the stage of the Royal Geographical Society in London, UK, on Thursday 26 October for the AGI Annual Conference, GeoCom17. Professionals in the geospatial data industry gathered to hear the newest developments and learn about the offerings the industry could contribute. There also was time for honours as Rollo Home received the AGI Chairperson’s Award for Outstanding Service and Diana Murray was presented with the AGI Award for Career Achievement. The theme of the day was ‘Smart Geospatial’ and this was highlighted by Editor of Techworld Charlotte Jee who highlighted challenges that are existing... (read more)
2017-10-31 09:55:55

Who Should Own a Drone Company?

The big boys are buying new toys. Why they’re doing this is perceptively explained by our regular columnist Adena Schutzberg. Have you been keeping up with which of the big non-defence focused geospatial companies are acquiring drone makers? Here’s a short list: In April 2012, Trimble acquired Gatewing, based in Belgium. In February 2014, Hexagon, owner of Intergraph and Leica Geosystems, acquired Aibotix, based in Germany. In April 2014, Google announced plans to acquire Titan Aerospace, based in the US. What do these companies have in common? They are involved in spatial data acquisition. They are also well-known as acquirers.... (read more)
2017-04-07 04:50:39

Combining Theory with Practice - Essentials for the Future Workplace

The University of Aberdeen has an enviable reputation for geoscience, GIS teaching and research. Dr David Green introduces the challenging MSc in GIS programme. All of the modules we teach as part of the MSc in GIS degree programme at the University of Aberdeen combine theory and practice into 11-week modules. The modules form the basis for the second half-session (SHS) of the academic year and are intended to provide students with an emphasis on practical work as preparation for their dissertation to be carried out in the summer months. Whilst all of the modules continue to provide theoretical background... (read more)
2017-04-04 05:00:38

Big Data, Polygons, Land Registration and Geohazards

In articles and in the news columns we have an eclectic mix of topics and geography this month – from land reform to lidar, from pricing and licensing to centralised address maintenance and from Wales to the south Pacific via eastern Europe. Throw in crowdsourcing and Big Data and I think we have something for everyone. Last month we commented on the Land Registry being rushed towards the private sector and its simultaneous attempts to offer wider services to local authorities. This month it seems that Ordnance Survey is following suit and, although there are no (public) consultations on privatisation,... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:32:36

Investment Set to Continue in Open Earth Observation Data

A global trend towards open data, i.e. data that anyone can access, use and share without restriction, is steadily replacing a previous tendency by governments to charge for Earth observations, especially satellite imagery. The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) was established more than 10 years ago to provide access to and sharing of open Earth observation data, many years before the Open Data for a Big Data World movement gained momentum. Today GEO has more than 100 government Members representing their national governments and in excess of 100 Participating Organisations contributing data, knowledge and expertise to the Global Earth Observation... (read more)
2016-11-21 11:04:53

The Breadth and Depth of Smart Geospatial

With the summer now well past us, I’m sure many of you (like me) are reminiscing of peaceful days in amazing and beautiful places, escaping from the desktop. I really did opt for remote this year, with an escape to Shetland – time in the most northerly settlement in the UK and never 3 miles from the coast, it made for spectacular views and a feeling of being incredibly close to nature. Over recent weeks, I’m reminded that our planet is breathtakingly beautiful the world over – but also incredibly fragile. It’s impossible to avoid the news of environmental devastation... (read more)
2017-10-11 01:59:31

GIS Front-end for USDA Forest Service i-Tree Developed with TatukGIS SDK

The TatukGIS Developer Kernel has been used to develop the new TreeGIS desktop 3D GIS front-end to the popular i-Tree urban forestry inventory and analysis tool. i-Tree is developed by the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Forest Service to help communities strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and environmental services the trees provide. i-Tree is used by thousands in communities located around the world to plan and manage urban forests. Beyond i-Tree, TreeGIS can be easily modified to incorporate any urban forestry inventory. While i-Tree provides wonderful tools for gathering and... (read more)
2017-01-06 04:32:43
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