The Bright Era of Earth Observation Satellites

In helping overcome a wide range of global challenges, the geospatial industry is relying on satellite information to an unprecedented degree. In this article, Italian geospatial solutions developer Gianni Cristian Iannelli, provides a background to the satellite industry and discusses some of the exciting Downstream opportunities which are emerging through it. Over the past 50 years, advances in satellite technology have contributed to the emergence of the Earth Observation (EO) revolution. The following is an attempt to identify the key milestone events, which have taken the geospatial industry to this data-rich point in time. The first of these event occurred... (read more)
2018-06-20 12:14:30

SCIRA - Guides for Smarter Cities

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), with support from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is currently leading a process to create a Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA). SCIRA will provide free deployment guides and reusable patterns that municipalities can use to plan, acquire, and implement standards-based, cost-effective, vendor-agnostic, and future-proof smart city IT systems and networks using technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Sensor Webs, and Geospatial Information. SCIRA defines interoperability requirements based on a system-of-systems approach, meaning that municipalities are able to build up smart cities one project at a time, safe in the knowledge that... (read more)
2018-08-20 03:09:23

The First Seven Years of INSPIRE Implementation

The INSPIRE Directive has had a massive impact on the provision of European GI and hence on software developers and users. We now have a 94 page ‘autobiography’ of the first seven years of INSPIRE which makes fascinating reading. It complements the insiders’ view from the EU and Member State data providers with the perspectives of over 700 responses from an international consultation and an independent academic review, says Ian Masser. The ‘Midterm evaluation report on INSPIRE implementation’ (http://inspire.ec.europa.eu) is, arguably, an ‘autobiography’ written by a team of officials from the European Environment Agency and the Joint Research Centre led... (read more)
2017-01-09 11:16:36

10 Years On - GeoPlace Awards 2015

The day’s play at Edgbaston might be summarised as addresses comfortably coasting to victory while streets are just beginning to get to grips with a sticky wicket! Robin Waters, who is one of the Exemplar Award judges, reports from a rain-affected match being played in front of a smaller crowd than the GeoPlace ‘Everything Happens Somewhere’ event in Birmingham. The event took place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 19 May 2015 - the third day of a county match between Warwickshire and Durham. The home side’s first innings 450. Durham finally skittled out for 185 in front of our very... (read more)
2017-01-05 04:13:04

Is Map Reading Being Sedated by Software?

The Royal Institution of Navigation has warned that we are becoming too dependent on satnavs and smartphones. It believes that traditional navigation skills encourage independent thought based on calculation and selfreliance. It wants UK schools to encourage the teaching of basic navigation as a way to develop character, independence and an appreciation of maths and science. Robin Waters looks at the warning and the press reaction. Maps are one way in which geospatial information can be presented to a user. To those of us that enjoy using or have at least been trained to use maps they are often the... (read more)
2017-01-05 04:00:23

Development of a Symbol System for Disaster Management

Spatial information plays a key role in disaster management. Upon occurrence of an emergency situation, crisis management actors need specialised maps to give them a clear idea of the emergency, localisation, distribution and characteristics. Effective representation of spatial information can be achieved by means of graphical symbols. Silvia Marinova describes how a symbol system should be associative and quickly perceived by map users even without the use of a legend, especially in an emergency. A number of agencies and organisations related to disaster protection develop databases, geo-portals and cartographic products for crisis management and their own standards for symbols. In... (read more)
2017-10-11 02:55:18

Big Geospatial Data Helps Modernise the Statistical Field

Geospatial tools and information are going mainstream, as is evident following the recent opening of a new data science campus at the Office for National Statistics headquarters. Niall Conway explains how the fields of Statistics, Big Data and Geospatial are beginning to converge in order to deliver better insights to government. Technology, including geospatial, is revolutionising how we go about our lives. With the help of satellites, computers, smartphones and other devices, it is estimated more data has been created in the past two to three years than in the entire previous history of the human race. However, while this... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:58:41

Where Does the Smart Cities Drive Leave Urban Planning?

Urban planning is a profession which is experiencing big changes as a result of advances in geospatial and other technology. In this article, Niall Conway explains why planning is too important a profession to risk becoming sidelined by innovation and explains what needs to be done. The expression ‘the future ain’t what it used to be’ has been used for quite a while to express our struggle to keep up with the unpredictability of modern life. It is natural therefore that this term will resonate with any profession, in any industry, which has a focus on strategy. In the era... (read more)
2017-08-07 01:03:16

Australia - A Nation Embracing its Geospatial Future

Despite having a population which is relatively small to its geographic side, Australia is a country which punches well above its weight on the global geospatial stage. In this article, Niall Conway provides an overview of the Australian geospatial industry, its active community, as well as the many geospatial initiatives which are taking place in the land Down Under. Although Australia’s first map by Western definition can be traced to the relatively recent date of 1810, it is actually a land with a long, rich history of maps. The second largest continent in the world contains a complex web of Aborigine... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:04:52

OGC, GEO & UN-GGIM - Driving the Global Geospatial Agenda

This article sets out to explain the distinct but interrelated roles of the three international bodies which are driving the global geospatial agenda which underpins the need for smart and sustainable growth in the 21st century: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). If you are interested in how the geospatial industry and associated policy supports government and broader commercial sector activities, then it is important to understand the global influences which are shaping these sectors. You need to look at the world... (read more)
2017-08-03 02:57:52
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