Crunchy Data Strengthens Open Source Geospatial Data Management

Crunchy Data, a leading provider of open source PostgreSQL technology, support, and training, has announced its commitment to providing open source geospatial data management and analytics engineering and support by welcoming Paul Ramsey, Chair of the PostGIS Project Steering Committee and PostgreSQL Major Contributor, to its team of open source contributors. PostGIS is a geospatial database extender to PostgreSQL that provides robust geometric and geographic functionality that allows engineers to create complex, location-aware applications. PostGIS has over 15 years of active development and has been widely deployed across many enterprises and governmental organisations.  PostGIS is leveraged by a variety of geospatial... (read more)
2018-09-05 02:38:49

Linked Open Data Tools Bring Victory for Space App Camp

The European Space Agency (ESA) Space App Camp 2017 – the event where coding meets big data from space – awarded on 18 September in Frascati, Italy, ESA’s centre for EO, the winning team: Limoncello and their app AiR that uses satellite imagery to give flight travellers an interactive, bird’s-eye view of their routes. The developer team makes use of augmented reality and the Copernicus programme to display an interactive projection of the world for users to see information about cities and landmarks they fly over, without disruptions like clouds or the plane itself getting in the way. Their application... (read more)
2017-09-26 10:15:31

Reimagine INSPIRE by Leveraging Open Data and Web GIS

The Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) Directive has made good progress toward implementation by all member states. On the occasion of the INSPIRE Conference 2017 and in keeping with the theme INSPIRE a Digital Europe: Thinking Out of the Box, it seems fitting to comment on the current state of the directive compared to global geospatial technology trends. INSPIRE represents the most complex spatial data infrastructure project ever attempted, with the goal of aligning the 28 member states of the European Union (EU). It may prove helpful to reflect on what works; what has changed; and what needs... (read more)
2017-08-17 01:18:17

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

Ordnance Survey Becomes Flag Carrier for Open Data

National mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS), once the arch opponent of the campaign for open data, is now positioning itself as its champion with OS OpenMap being released at the end of March. In an announcement to mark International Open Data Day, the organisation announced a new set of “street-level” data, OS OpenMap, which will be available for developers building new products. Restrictions on the re-use of so-called “derived data” - which is used in products sold by developers but originated with OS - have long been a focus of complaints from the geospatial technology industry. While the announcement does... (read more)
2017-01-11 01:50:22

Investment Set to Continue in Open Earth Observation Data

A global trend towards open data, i.e. data that anyone can access, use and share without restriction, is steadily replacing a previous tendency by governments to charge for Earth observations, especially satellite imagery. The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) was established more than 10 years ago to provide access to and sharing of open Earth observation data, many years before the Open Data for a Big Data World movement gained momentum. Today GEO has more than 100 government Members representing their national governments and in excess of 100 Participating Organisations contributing data, knowledge and expertise to the Global Earth Observation... (read more)
2016-11-21 11:04:53

Ordnance Survey Becomes Corporate Supporter of the Open Data Institute

Ordnance Survey is pleased to announce that it has signed up to corporate supporter membership of the Open Data Institute. It will join organisations such as the Met Office, Arup, Telefonica, Thomson Reuters and the University of Southampton, all leading the way for best practice for open data usage and delivery in their particular industry or field. Ordnance Survey already publishes a significant amount of open data through its OS OpenData portal and popular OS OpenSpace API. The services provide free, unrestricted access to a range of geographic datasets, including overview mapping of Great Britain, street-level mapping, boundary data and... (read more)
2017-01-09 02:56:57

Why Open Data is not as Simple as it Seems

Open data is undoubtedly a great movement in the world of GIS. OpenStreetMap and Copernicus are just two examples that open many doors and facilitate new applications. There are, however, also various challenges associated with open data. From technical obstacles to commercial objections and political concerns, open data is a much more complicated subject than some of us think. Why is open data still a topic of lengthy discussions? The concept of open data is not restricted to geo-information, nor is it something new. Open data has its origins in the scientific world in the 1940s, long before the rise... (read more)
2017-10-11 02:58:55

thinkWhere Helps Falkirk Council Tackle Poverty with Open Geographic Data

thinkWhere is working with Falkirk Council to develop a mapping tool that aims to help improve the lives of its citizens. The development is being funded by the Open Data Institute and will be led by the goals of the council’s poverty strategy known as “Fairer Falkirk” which aims to reduce poverty and the impact of poverty, ensure inequalities between the wealthiest and the poorest are reduced and provide a better life and equity of opportunity. The thinkWhere developed mapping tool will make use of open geospatial datasets to improve access to, and signpost citizens to, essential Falkirk Council support... (read more)
2019-01-30 03:00:30

thinkWhere Creates Map Portal for Open European Geographic Data Services

thinkWhere is developing an online mapping portal to improve access to official European geospatial open data. Working with EuroGeographics, as part of the Open European Location Services (Open ELS) project, thinkWhere will create, maintain and support a user interface giving registered users access to open data from public authorities. “thinkWhere has a proven track record within the not-for-profit sector having worked alongside organizations such as the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team and People In Need, and were a natural fit as technical lead on this element of the project,” said Mick Cory, secretary general and executive director, EuroGeographics. thinkWhere will use metadata... (read more)
2019-02-08 10:19:39
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