Working with the GIS Industry - Benefits of Research and Education

A key component of many MSc degrees offered in Universities in the UK – particularly those that fall under the heading of ‘vocational’ programmes – is the importance of external links – to what some of us might call the ‘real-world’. The reasons behind establishing these links are many, but include: to (a) bring outside expertise into the classroom through the provision of guest lectures; (b) provide a way to help students engage with practitioners in the discipline or profession; (c) broaden student horizons; (d) help students begin to network with professionals and practitioners; (e) provide opportunities for students to... (read more)
2017-12-08 11:40:57

Research Reveals Scope of Open Geospatial Data Across Europe

Open data is available from the majority of European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities (NMCAs), a new survey has found. Research by the Open European Location Services (ELS) Project reveals that 98% of respondents provide at least some of their data free of charge. Of these, 37% make all their data available under an open licence.  Whilst open data models vary, more than 85% provide view and search services, 72% enable downloads and 67% allow its re-use in products. Users include public authorities, public services, research and education as well as commercial companies. This survey provides a snapshot... (read more)
2017-12-06 11:24:18

Barbara Bond

Barbara Bond spent her career in public service as cartographic researcher in MoD, initially in the forerunner of the Defence Geographic Centre and latterly as the senior civilian Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Hydrographic Office, the first Defence Agency. On retirement, became an independent consultant, advising UK government departments on graduate recruitment and international commercial companies on training in data capture for marine applications. Has considerable experience in Higher Education as Chair of Board and Pro-Chancellor of English university. Served on Higher Education Funding Council for England's's Advisory Committee for Leadership, Management and Governance, and on the Equality Challenge... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:08:56

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

Opensource GIS - A Disruptive Force or Driver of Innovation?

In order to better understand the increasing availability and emerging popularity of opensource GIS options, you first of all need to place it in a wider evolutionary context. From the 5th Century’s Babylonian stone carving map, through to the creation of the Mercator navigational Projection, and later on to the development of the printing press, the power of mapping has always been about its ability to communicate and disseminate knowledge and ideas about our world. GIS is the most recent phase of mapping evolution which carries on this tradition. Prior to its commercialisation in the 1980s and 1990s, GIS was... (read more)
2017-09-11 04:47:42

Interactive Campus Map Software Facilitates Exploring CU Boulder Campus from Anywhere

Colorado University Boulder is the latest major university to launch on concept3D's CampusBird platform designed for education institutions. The CampusBird experience offers 3D, detailed interactive maps of both campus grounds and building interiors as well as the ability to highlight off-campus attractions and resources. The system's map layers can be modified and customised for communications and marketing needs of university admissions, athletics, facilities, alumni relations and other departments. The CampusBird platform is designed for way finding, marketing, and to support major campus events, among many other applications. The platform helps schools make information readily available and easy to navigate on... (read more)
2017-10-03 08:31:13

Proposal for AP High School Course in Geographic Technology

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) has recently submitted a proposal to the director of AP Curriculum and Content Development to introduce a new Advanced Placement Course into US High Schools: AP Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T). The proposal is currently under review by the College Board, who will decide on whether to introduce this new course. According to Caliper, a supplier of GIS systems, mapping and GIS applications give students the tools they need for a broader global understanding. In addition, industries are increasingly driven by big data, for which spatial analysis is ideally suited. Education in GIS... (read more)
2017-09-13 09:07:08

Over Four Thousand Students Participate in Virtual Field Trip

More young people than ever before are taking an interest in the geospatial industry; a record 4000-plus students recently took part in the LINZ-led virtual field trip. Students from more than 150 schools took a virtual trip online to the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, where they heard from geospatial experts, rangers and historians about how they are using location-based technology to support their work. The theme was to map my Waahi – Waahi means a place of historic importance. Each student chose a place important to them and learned how to visualise information about it – stories of... (read more)
2017-08-16 09:27:00

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

Patrick Rickles

Patrick Rickles studied Environmental Management Science and Computer Science at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York (B.S. 2004) and Geographic Information Science at University College London in London (MSc 2005). He has over 10 years of experience in public and private sector industries (Oil & Gas, Software Engineering, Urban Planning) and was a Research Associate for the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group at University College London, managing researchers and developing GIS solutions. He is also working on his PhD (part-time) researching expedited education techniques of GIS in Interdisciplinary Research. He currently works as implementation specialst at the Department for... (read more)
2017-08-04 11:32:03
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