From the Public to Private Sector in the GIS Industry

‘I’ve really not looked back!’
After 25 years working in the public sector, Conor Smyth felt he needed a new and bigger challenge. He reflects on his career to date and the new environment he finds himself in. It is not often that I get approached to write an article for GIS Professional. The brief was very different from that for my last article, which was entitled, 'GI helps drive change in Northern Ireland’. That was published in Issue 20: February 2008. The brief this time was quite simple: to provide a personal account of my experiences in moving from a long-standing career spanning nearly... (read more)
2017-08-03 04:29:42

Resilient Futures - AGI GeoCom 2015

Former AGI chief exec Chris Holcroft introduces this year’s event and talks to GeoCom chair Rollo Home. There are five major constants in the AGI’s flagship annual conference formula. First, the vast majority of attendees get a lot out of the event both professionally and socially. This is confirmed by delegate surveys, anecdotally in discussion and by fact that the series is now over 25 years old. Secondly, since its inception over 25 years ago, it has evolved with the trends and expectations of the time. Thirdly, it is shaped by individuals within the GI community who volunteer their time... (read more)
2017-01-04 01:39:32

Creative Traps in Maps

Maps undoubtedly play an important role in society. From use in daily life to professional applications, maps help us navigate, plan activities and gain insight into our surrounding environment. Although we know that all maps have a certain accuracy, we rarely question the existence of streets and places we find on a map. Throughout time, however, various cartographers have used our good faith in maps to protect their work from being stolen. Their creative ways to trap copyright violators has led to a variety of map ‘mistakes’, some of which have survived for years before being discovered. This article presents... (read more)
2017-06-02 02:44:50

Nearmap Unveils Streaming 3D Online Platform and AI Technology

Nearmap, an aerial imagery company, has launched a 3D product in a move that could potentially change the way industries such as urban planning, architecture, construction, government and councils view and shape cities across Australia and the USA. More than 400,000 km2 have already been covered. Nearmap 3D allows customers to stream and export 3D imagery on demand on a massive scale, through its proprietary MapBrowser web application. Additionally, because the imagery is updated frequently, businesses can work with the most current information to make better-informed decisions. Nearmap has developed AI technology that is turning millions of aerial images, captured over a... (read more)
2019-06-14 10:49:47

Rethinking the Geospatial Competition

I see requests for participation in geospatial competitions all the time. Professionals and students are invited to produce maps and apps and win recognitions and/or prizes. One type of contest features a geospatial technology company’s development platform. Participants have a time limit, hours to months, to build an app or map. While sometimes there are guidelines on what kind of app or map is to be submitted, most contests are free-for-alls and competitors can build whatever they choose. Companies host such events to gain users, generate marketing content and/or develop products that result in revenue. There’s a second type of... (read more)
2016-12-23 11:33:26

Visibility Maps of Turin

Including Atmospheric Conditions in Viewshed Analysis of DSMs
High-rise buildings affect the skyline of a city and thus the human perception of urban spaces. From which points can a building, or parts of the building, be seen? The answer requires viewshed analysis of raster or vector 3D city models. Visibility is not just a geometric exercise in which lines of sight are calculated using standard GIS tools. Visibility and perception of space are also determined by atmospheric conditions, contrast between foregrounds and backgrounds including the sky, visual acuity and psychological aspects. Here, the authors present a simple but accurate method for generating visibility maps based on the above... (read more)
2014-04-30 11:50:47

The Future of Geospatial Education

GIS Professionals need to diversify their skills and quickly learn emerging technologies, argues Patrick Rickles. The use and understanding of GIS was historically limited to specialists. Today, GIS is commonplace, as spatially-enabled apps become standard on smartphones. With over a third of the world’s total population – an estimated 2.6 billion people - owning smartphones, and a reported 5 billion requests per week to Apple Maps alone, there are a large number of non-expert users of GIS, which is only sure to grow. GIS professionals need to diversify their skillsets and quickly learn emerging technologies in order to support these... (read more)
2017-04-04 05:09:14

Tolerating Ambiguity in Geospatial

There is ambiguity all around, says Adena Schutzberg. The trick is recognizing it, choosing a way forward and not being frightened to fail. Jeff Selingo, who writes about education, shared a terrific article on LinkedIn titled Wanted in College Graduates: Tolerance for Ambiguity. He argues that the “killer app” in today’s workplace is the ability to tolerate ambiguity. Said another way, it’s unlikely a new employee will get a clear set of expectations from a supervisor for a specific project, nor a recipe for how to get the work done. Instead, the employee will need to figure it out. That’s... (read more)
2016-12-22 05:47:24

Opening the Door to a World of Opportunities in GIS

For those seeking professional support for their career in GIS joining the AGI is essential. Chair of AGI Council Abigail Page explains the early careers network, support for the chartered geographer accredication and CPD. This isn’t ‘new’ news to anyone: in the last 15 years, we’ve seen tectonic changes in the geospatial industry. Hardware, software, disruptive technologies . . . our sector is changing at a pace that is both alarming and exciting, making it hard to keep up. What hasn’t changed, is the enthusiasm we’re seeing among early career professionals. Geography has always been the discipline that opens the... (read more)
2017-08-04 11:24:13

MapAction Brings Response to Disasters

Volunteers Working with Geospatial Information to Update Maps
MapAction is a leading humanitarian mapping charity that works through skilled volunteers. Its purpose is to provide rapid, on-the-ground mapping to humanitarian aid agencies, in response to a disaster or crisis to help save lives and minimise suffering. Since it was established in 2002, it has responded to 76 humanitarian emergencies which have impacted on the lives of tens of millions of people. The charity is an essential part of a well-developed humanitarian programme responding in complex emergencies such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods or tsunamis. Local communities are the first responders, national governments carry responsibility for action, local support systems... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:22:42
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