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

MapAction in the Philippines

As super typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippine islands of Samar and Leyte last November, a MapAction emergency team had already landed in Manila, three hundred kilometres to the north. The vital role of mapping in disaster emergency response can be a race against time to save lives and bring relief as Nigel Woof OBE, MapAction’s operation director, vividly describes. The international relief community relied initially on government reports about the areas and numbers of people being affected, together with disjointed glimpses of its impact from news streams and social media. So, in the absence of real-time information, the MapAction... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:17:52

Why Location Matters in Data Analytics - AGI GeoCom 2016

AGI GeoCom 2016 boasted a new format, new speakers and a new venue. Stephen Booth reports. We live in an age on constant change and churn so this year’s AGI conference was no exception. A major departure from past formats of two or more days of presentations and keynotes, today’s uber-busy world needed something sharper, quicker, more attention-grabbing. A one-day event at the home of geography, the Royal Geographical Society, attracted nearly two hundred to hear 12 invited speakers talk about location and data analytics. The audience seemed different; yes, the usual faces and greybeards were there but new faces... (read more)
2017-01-26 10:55:48

The Next Chapter for Ordnance Survey - Interview with Nigel Clifford

Since June last year Ordnance Survey GB has had a new CEO. GIS Professional met him in London recently at the Geovation Hub, of which more anon. Nigel Clifford comes to the job via a career covering the NHS, e-commerce, British Telecom and other mobile players. He has a degree in geography from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I met Clifford in OS’s Geovation Hub in the City, a buzzy building which also houses Catapult, a body promoting future and smart cities of which more anon. Tucked away at the end of a large open plan office... (read more)
2016-12-23 10:20:44

Geospatial in the Video Game World - Interview with James Coote

Just how much crossover is there between the worlds of geospatial and video games? GIS Professional turned to Andy and James Coote, father and son working in different parts of the computer industry. Andy has been involved in geospatial for many years and will be familiar to many readers, whilst James is the director of an independent video game studio, Crystalline Green Ltd. Andy asked James to give us his take on where the worlds of geospatial and video games intersect. Andy Coote: The geospatial industry can now provide 3D data at a very detailed level for any part of... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:05:51

A Focus on Underground Utilities - NWG Innovation Festival 2018

When the Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) held their second Innovation Festival in July 2018, it was an event like no other. The festival’s aim was to turn the concept of a typical business conference on its head. By staging the festival in an open field, complete with marquees, teepees and casually dressed attendees, NWG were going back to the roots of why people generally attend a festival: to release themselves from the predictability and routine of everyday business life. In doing so, the festival aimed to encourage a diverse group of people to think differently about innovation, and to share... (read more)
2018-10-05 11:57:52

A Hand Painted Map of the Plays of William Shakespeare

To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on 23rd April 2016, artist Jane Tomlinson painted a schematic map in his honour, showing all The Bard’s plays in their approximate locations. William Shakespeare is a towering figure in my life. I too was born and bred in Stratford-upon-Avon and his influence permeated my childhood. At primary school we got a day off on Shakespeare’s birthday to take part in the town’s celebrations. As a small child, he was as important to me as Father Christmas! Decades on, and now with a much deeper understanding of his genius,... (read more)
2017-04-06 02:30:28

Driving Address Management Efficiency Using a Corporate Gazetteer

Whatever your business, using poor quality, inaccurate address data is going to impact on more than just your reputation. In fact, the lack of an effective address management system is likely to cost your organisation thousands of pounds in wasted staff hours, both in the office and out in the field, ineffective billing and for the emergency services, it could even risk lives. In large organisations, there are likely to be multiple departments and systems creating and managing records for the same address. For example, in a Local Authority the same address could be used by a council tax system,... (read more)
2018-10-05 12:14:43

Wake Up and Read the Small Print!

Businesses and government understand the value of Big Geospatial Data, while citizens are only learning their role in contributing to Big Data, argues Adena Schutzberg. In May, Strava, a company that offers tracking and competitive tools to cyclists and other athletes, announced a new data product that prompted some distress. The product, Strava Metro, includes detailed but anonymized geospatial data about cyclists’ routes in an area of interest. One of the first customers, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), began talking to Strava last year and received data in December. ODOT paid $20,000 for data about just under 18,000 cyclists’... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:27:09

GeoGraphical Passwords

A study on cybersecurity suggests that visual map-based passwords would make life harder for thieves but easier for the rest of us who struggle to remember jumbles of letters and numbers. But will users just get frustrated? Adena Schutzberg considers the challenges and potential benefits for our industry. I read about research recently that suggests using map locations as part of a computer security protocol in place of traditional passwords. The idea is that memorable places or patterns on maps could stand in for the strings of numbers and letters that we currently use. Cybersecurity researcher Ziyad S. Al-Salloum hopes... (read more)
2017-04-07 05:04:32
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