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

Attendance up at Busy Bustling Show - GEO Business 2015

A busy two days found your reporters struggling to cover everything at the industry’s annual show. A conference with two streams is always a challenge but we think that below we have covered the most relevant aspect for GIS professionals. We’ve published the session titles in full so you should be able to track them down. With visitors queuing in droves to get in on the first day and attendance up 25%, the second GEO Business event attracted over 2,000 people from 47 countries. With an improved layout and over 180 companies represented the organisers were clearly delighted. Event director... (read more)
2017-04-25 11:56:23

GIS-based Cartographic Representation of Avalanche Forecasts

Annually, snow avalanches in Scotland are the cause of a significant loss of life. As a naturally occurring disaster they are unique in nature, usually being highly localised events, and often in remote areas. Their victims are often voluntarily at risk for recreation purposes and become the trigger of their own avalanche. Typically, avalanche prone areas are often those that recreationists most desire to use. Controlling access to these areas is ethically dubious and efforts to increase the safety of recreationists must therefore focus on educating and informing risk-based decision processes. Avalanche Forecasting Avalanche forecasting seeks to safeguard recreationists in... (read more)
2018-11-01 10:33:44

Our Mission is far from Done - Interview with the AGI

Recent changes in staffing and direction have been announced by the Association for Geographic Information. After a long haul and some tough decisions – the AGI looks set to embark in a new direction. GiS Professional recently caught up with key members of the Council to talk to them about the changes and the future for the organisation. GIS Professional editor Stephen Booth met with David Henderson (chair), Graham Wallace (vice-chair), Abigail Page (honorary secretary) and input from Andy Wells (honorary treasurer) ahead of this year’s ESRI UK conference to better understand the changes, the difficult decisions behind them and... (read more)
2016-12-23 12:57:41

Dense Image Matching for Easy 3D Modelling

New Threat and Opportunity for Professional Surveyors
Normally when something is too good to be true, it is not true. But in the case of dense image matching (DIM), professional surveyors should look twice – because their clients, and certainly those in the construction, infrastructure and 3D city mapping markets, certainly will. 'GIM International' asked John Taylor, who is responsible at Bentley Systems for reality modelling in Asia Pacific and in the global defence market, for his insights into DIM. Dense image matching (DIM) did not arrive like a bolt from the blue. It has been around in the photogrammetric world for the past two decades but, through further... (read more)
2017-06-28 08:42:21

Stuttgart Showcases Data Capture Technologies - INTERGEO 2015

Data is essential for any GIS. Fortunately today there is a vast array of rapid data capture technologies. GIS Professional’s sister publication Geomatics World reports from the world’s biggest exhibition of geospatial technologies. Early autumn means a trip to Germany for the Intergeo event. This year it fell in Stuttgart (2016 is Hamburg then Berlin for 2017). As RICS’s James Kavanagh observes, “The event is always a hothouse of new ideas, geo-technology and a great indicator of how. . . global geomatics is evolving.” The three-day show attracted a record 549 exhibitors occupying some 15,000 square metres and some 16,500... (read more)
2016-12-23 10:32:59

Addressing can be an Existential Problem

A recent joint AGI/British Computer Society Address Day provided several perspectives but none more important than the difficulty of establishing an identity without an address. Around the world four billion people do not have a legal identity and cannot establish one without some form of address. Lack of an address is an existential problem. The UK ‘address wars’ are trivial in a global context, says Robin Waters. Steve Coast (founder of OpenStreetMap) said last year that “Address data is really the most important and interesting thing to work on [right now]” (Techcrunch 2014). Did this event support this comment? Arguably,... (read more)
2017-04-10 02:23:41

GIS Investigation of Mass Dolphin Death

Crime Scene Investigation Using Advanced GIS Analysis
In the summer of 2015, more than 300 dead dolphin calves were found along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. As no governmental institution investigated this strange case, an international team of scientists was brought together to collect and analyse various types of data. Using the MOTHY model and the available data, more than 50,000 points were reconstructed in reverse time from 252 different representative trajectories of dead dolphin bodies floating in the sea. To determine the exact place of death of the dolphins, advanced geographic information system (GIS) analysis was performed on the available time-aware data. This unique interdisciplinary approach... (read more)
2016-06-22 03:55:49

Big Data and Location – A Real or Imagined New Frontier?

Andy Coote reports on some of the insights gained from speaking and listening to some of the foremost experts in the field at the Strata 14 conference on Big Data in San Francisco and ponders the place of location in Big Data. So, Big Data and Location, why should you care? In their recent report on Big Data, McKinsey (1) suggest it is becoming a key battlefield of competitive advantage, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer behaviour. One of the key application areas they highlight is geocentric personal navigation data. They assess the application of such data... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:40:42
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