Smart Cities Need a Single Source of Geo Data

Ordnance Survey’s head of smart cities, Miranda Sharp, explains why a single source of accurate location intelligence and data is crucial for Smart, and how Ordnance Survey International is helping governments around the world develop their own smart cities. For many years Ordnance Survey’s work and the accurate maps it produced, were viewed by much of the world as something of a British curiosity. Quaint and ever-so eccentric. Why would anyone go through urban areas noting down their every feature and measurement in such detail? More so, why would anyone go to the most remote and barren stretches of landscape... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:15:58

Realising the Potential of Routinely Collected Administrative Data

Joining up the Dots
The use of routinely collected administrative data for purposes other than those it was collected for has become an essential data resource for approved health and social science research. Initiatives such as the Data.gov.uk and the Open Government Licence underpinned by the Freedom of Information Act, has meant that publicly funded bodies have made their data available to researchers and the public. This shift has led to a number of data focussed research centres across the UK including the Farr Institute (www.farrinstitute.org), Administrative Data Research Network (www.adrn.ac.uk) and the Consumer Data Research Centre (www.cdrc.ac.uk) focusing research attention on facilitating and... (read more)
2017-08-03 03:15:01

Visual Crossing Unveils Maps for Microsoft Excel

Visual Crossing Corporation has released its mapping software add-on for Microsoft Excel. It empowers spreadsheet users to bring presentation-quality maps and geospatial analysis to their own Excel data whether for business, education, or personal use. The visualization, performance, and analytical capabilities are used by Fortune 500 and global enterprises to add geospatial analysis to business data on sophisticated analytics platforms such as MicroStrategy and SAP. “Visual Crossing’s high performance is essential in our ability to successfully deliver powerful mapping to our users. It’s the only tool that can achieve the performance required to visualize and analyze our large datasets,” said Zoltán... (read more)
2017-06-01 12:00:21

How did you get into Geography in the First Place?

Chair of AGI Council Abigail Page charts her path to membership and achievement at AGI. . . and the route to outstanding cocktails! I’m always interested in who’s who at the AGI, where they’ve come from, and how they ‘got into’ geography in the first place. We have such a diverse membership – and with the emphasis on education and personal development in this issue, I wanted to share something about my own career path, the role for personal development, and indeed the changing nature of the AGI. Before entering a world of geo, I spent time managing a photo... (read more)
2017-08-04 10:49:24

Esri UK Conference 2015 Showcases Ground-breaking GIS Applications

Esri UK has announced that its 2015 Annual Conference, the biggest ever Esri GIS conference in the UK, will take place at the QEII Conference Centre, London on Tuesday 19 May 2015. With the theme ‘GIS Creating our Future’, the event will showcase how Esri’s ground-breaking new GIS applications are being used by customers in everyday life, from the government to businesses and individuals. Customers and guest speakers will also talk about how GIS is helping them to confront today’s global challenges from pollution and climate change, to population growth and urbanisations. Keynote speakers include Marco Sala, Senior GI Technical... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:27:51

The Blueprint Towards Gender Neutrality in IT

London recently played host to over 3,000 GIS professionals. What made it different from many other IT events was the large proportion of female industry experts in attendance, making it arguably, says Sarah Lewin head of pre-sales and tech research at Esri UK, the most gender-neutral IT event the industry has ever seen. We have become used to seeing news stories on the lack of women in IT with the general consensus being that on average only 17% of IT workers are female). Yet, at the Esri UK User Conference, it was almost double that. In fact, drilling down further... (read more)
2017-01-17 11:23:56

Bluesky 3D Photomaps Help Manage City’s Green Space

The Parks Trust, the charitable organisation responsible for parks and green spaces in Milton Keynes, UK, is using a range of highly detailed geographic datasets from Bluesky to manage its portfolio of property and open spaces. Deployed in the Trust’s GIS, the high resolution aerial photography, detailed laser mapped height models and National Tree Map (NTM) data are informing a range of projects, including grounds maintenance contract awards, encroachment monitoring and new development plans. “The data offers the most up to date and accurate view of our parks and green spaces,” commented James Cairncross, Landscape Infrastructure Manager at The Parks... (read more)
2017-01-14 05:16:44

Huawei Launches Digital Platform for Smart Cities

At the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) 2018, Huawei has showcased its Digital Platform based on leading ICT including artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), big data and cloud, enabling city-wide intelligence and sustainable development across the international smart city industry. Huawei and its global partners demonstrated solutions based on the platform covering municipal management, public safety and environmental protection, as well as smart transportation, smart government, smart education, and smart agriculture. These solutions are designed to facilitate city governance, improve public services, and enable industry innovation and best practices. During SCEWC, Huawei hosted its Global Smart City... (read more)
2018-11-22 10:46:42

'Get Kids Into Survey' and 'Class of Your Own' Announce SURVEY Fest Event

At GEO Business 2019, Get Kids Into Survey (GKIS) and Class of Your Own (COYO) have announced a new partnership plus plans to deliver their first joint event: SURVEY Fest, Geospatial Education For All. The event will address their common goal of encouraging more students to consider a career in surveying. SURVEY Fest will take place on 1 October 2019 at St Ambrose Barlow RC High School in Swinton, Greater Manchester, UK. Primary and high school students and teachers from the wider area will be invited to attend a fully immersive, interactive day of geospatial learning. While the young people... (read more)
2019-05-21 10:53:11

United We Stand - GEO Business 2014

Over 1600 attended the UK’s first GEO Business show and conference in London in May. With a definite buzz, in the view of one observer, ‘it marked the dawn of a new era for the geospatial community’. GeoBusiness 2014 was generally hailed as a great success – for the organisers; for the 118 exhibitors; for the 1600 punters; and, we would argue, for the whole geospatial industry in the UK. Some of us remember the AGI conference and show held at the same venue – Islington’s Business Design Centre – a few years ago and will agree that this was... (read more)
2017-04-26 05:57:53
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