Lively Agenda in a Busy Day - AGI Scotland 2016

A trip north for GIS Professional's editor found him immersed in a different culture where even the units of measurement can be different. AGI Scotland’s annual conference was a reminder that they do some things differently there. This was an interesting and busy day in Edinburgh of mainly short lively presentations, debates and networking that attracted some 160 people. After a scene-setting introduction by AGI Scotland Chair Prof Bruce Gittings, we were off on the first of two keynotes. North of the border, local government is guided and informed by the Improvement Service, an organisation to help councils improve the... (read more)
2017-04-25 11:52:52

GfK Releases Digital Maps for Asia

GfK has released a new, completely overhauled digital map edition for all of Asia. The edition features coverage of 49 countries, ranging from the three BRICS nations Russia, India and China to smaller countries such as Bhutan. In addition to more granular coastlines, the digital maps depict the latest status of administrative and postal regions. Detailed, up-to-date digital maps are a prerequisite for accurate location-based market analyses. GfK’s new Asia Edition 2017/2018 includes approximately 750 digital maps. These reflect the latest regional status and feature numerous new levels as well as a higher level of detail. GfK’s digital maps of... (read more)
2018-03-26 10:20:03

Landsat 8 Celebrates Five Years in Orbit

The Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite has marked being five years in orbit. In that time, it has racked up 26,500 orbits around the planet, 1.1 million "scene" captures, and an abundance of images that represents 16% of all the continuous observations in the 45 year Landsat archive. Landsat 8, which makes global measurements of Earth's land surface, strengthened the program's role as a cornerstone among the growing number of government and commercial programs that capture imagery of Earth from space. The global coverage and faster data acquisition rates are enabling significant research and opening up new ways in which scientists,... (read more)
2018-02-14 01:45:11

OGC is Seeking Data and Services for Testbed 13

As part of the Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Testbed 13, the OGC is requesting information to identify, assess, and gather the current state and available geospatial data and services about the Europe and Middle East regions that may be used to support the development, testing, and demonstration of OGC standards and technologies advanced during Testbed 13. OGC Testbed 13 participants will implement services, access data, and demonstrate capabilities using the services and data identified during this RFI. The overarching theme for Testbed 13 is mass population migration. The Testbed aims to understand and document how information sharing & safeguarding tools... (read more)
2017-02-21 03:56:09

Microsoft and Esri Launch Geospatial AI on Azure

Microsoft and Esri will be offering the GeoAI Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) as part of their Data Science Virtual Machine/Deep Learning Virtual Machine family of products on Azure. This is a result of a collaboration between the two companies and will bring AI, cloud technology and infrastructure, geospatial analytics and visualisation together to help create more powerful and intelligent applications. At the heart of the GeoAI Virtual Machine is ArcGIS Pro, Esri’s next-gen 64-bit desktop geographic information system (GIS) that provides professional 2D and 3D mapping in an intuitive user interface. ArcGIS Pro is installed in a DSVM image from Microsoft. The... (read more)
2018-03-14 11:52:28

Understanding... Wavelengths for Remote Sensing

At a time when satellite and aerial imagery is in abundance, it is important for GIS professionals to understand the science behind light and colour in much greater detail.
At a time when satellite imagery is in abundance, it is important for geospatialists to have a deeper understanding of the data which they are working with. In the following article, Niall Conway examines, in a light hearted manner, some of the important concepts behind light wavelengths, and how they relate to remote sensing activities. Writing about stuff like remote sensing, satellites, and real-time imagery is all great fun up to a point. It's when the experts of these fields start to discuss the more technical aspects that things can get uncomfortable - like colour bands, Normalised Difference Vegetation Index,... (read more)
2018-02-01 10:25:25

It's not about Education, but Shared Learning

The pre-summer conference season is in full swing. It's a great opportunity for me and others on AGI Council, to meet AGI Members and the wider geo and data-driven communities while learning about the latest innovations and discovering industry issues and challenges. Certainly the sheer volume and number of events happening with a relevance to geospatial illustrate the breadth of what's happening on the UK geo-scene. Let’s take some space here to share some highlights of recent events that I or fellow members of AGI Council have attended recently, broadly split into three types of event. Firstly, fantastic events that... (read more)
2017-06-02 01:30:59

Cityzenith to Launch Smart World in Chicago

Cityzenith has announced that its award-winning Smart World software platform will officially launch on 3rd May at the UI Labs Innovation Center in Chicago. The Smart World launch event will be held in association with the BuiltWorlds Summit, and will be attended by architecture, urban planning, and construction industry leaders, city officials, academic experts, Smart City solutions providers, real estate professionals, investors, media, civic data scientists, and tech lovers. The company is honoured to be joined by an esteemed line-up of expert speakers for the afternoon. Opening remarks commence at 3pm CST. Opening Remarks and Welcome Keynote: Mr. Gordon Feller, Founder, Meeting of the Minds Keynote Address: Mr. Michael Jansen, CEO, Cityzenith Special Guest Speakers: Mr. Tom Schenk,... (read more)
2017-04-26 11:57:37

Geospatial - Is it really just part of the Techno Stack?

I attended the Scottish AGI conference last month in Edinburgh in a land where local government and other state agencies benefit from an organisation called the Improvement Service. Colin Mair of the service painted a grim picture of local government finances north of the border though probably no worse than most of the rest of UK. Nevertheless, it was a particularly well attended, vibrant and busy day. Presentations ranged from the heritage sector, UAVs (aka drones), driverless vehicles, Big Data and data islands, to Glasgow’s emerging space satellite industry where size is apparently measured in whisky boxes (quite a change... (read more)
2016-12-23 11:16:59

Is Map Reading Being Sedated by Software?

The Royal Institution of Navigation has warned that we are becoming too dependent on satnavs and smartphones. It believes that traditional navigation skills encourage independent thought based on calculation and selfreliance. It wants UK schools to encourage the teaching of basic navigation as a way to develop character, independence and an appreciation of maths and science. Robin Waters looks at the warning and the press reaction. Maps are one way in which geospatial information can be presented to a user. To those of us that enjoy using or have at least been trained to use maps they are often the... (read more)
2017-01-05 04:00:23
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