Geodata Takes Centre Stage at Intergeo 2019

At Intergeo 2019, from 17 to 19 September in Stuttgart, Germany, more than 680 exhibitors will be providing insights into the highly dynamic geospatial sector. The world's leading geospatial event will focus on the growing importance of geodata – also termed 'the currency of the future' – and the resulting opportunities. Key topics will be drones, smart cities and BIM. Tickets for this year's edition are available now.  Geoinformation has filtered into every area of our lives, with hardly a single website or app able to function without it. Planning, visualizing and designing, creating sustainable living spaces, understanding increasingly complex interconnections, finding... (read more)
2019-05-21 09:33:22

The Land of Coding - Cartography and the Embrace of Technology

Mike Foster is a cartographer, GIS professional and visualisation expert from Boston who currently works in the San Francisco tech industry. He has previously worked at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and is active in the US GIS community. The following is a republished version of Mike's blog about the complex but changing landscape of cartography. It's a must-read for traditional cartographers, GIS specialists, coders and visualisation professionals. Somewhere in the past few decades, cartographers have lost control of cartography. How could this happen? Can we get it back? Learning to Code This past fall, I co-taught an... (read more)
2018-10-04 05:00:48

The Growth Mindset and Learning GIS

If you have not yet run into psychology professor Carol Dweck’s thoughts on the importance of “mindset” in education, let me summarise the key idea. She suggests that students who believe that they can get smarter by taking on challenging tasks, even if they should fail to accomplish them, have a “growth mindset.” In contrast, she describes students with a “fixed mindset” as believing that intelligence is static and will not change significantly with effort. Students with a fixed mindset see failure as confirmation they do not (and will likely not ever) master the required skill. Dweck argues that students... (read more)
2018-06-18 05:33:39

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

GfK Releases Digital Maps for Australia

GfK has released a new, completely overhauled map edition for Australia. Along with more detailed coastlines, the digital maps reflect the latest status of the country’s 57,000+ statistical areas and 357,000 mesh blocks. GfK’s Australia Edition includes 20 updated digital maps that have been supplemented with numerous new details. The maps offer comprehensive coverage at postal and administrative levels, from the country’s nine states/territories. GfK’s cartographers have completely overhauled Australia’s 36,000 kilometre coastline and also digitised inner-city postcode boundaries with house-level accuracy. “An up-to-date cartographic basis is a crucial component of regional market analyses for companies from all industries,” explains... (read more)
2018-02-08 12:15:45

Deciding Between FOSSGIS and Proprietary Software in the Enterprise

FOSSGIS (Free and Open Source Geographic Information Systems) is an umbrella term for Open Source GIS projects. In the following article, Tim Sutton (QGIS project chair and director at Kartoza Pty Ltd.), explains how and why FOSSGIS makes its way into an enterprise environment. Is FOSSGIS ready for the enterprise environment or is proprietary software better? Let's start with the hypothesis that, as a GIS professional, you wish to ‘tool up’ with the optimal set of software and hardware needed to carry out your duties. Having good instrumentation to measure what is the ‘best’ software is thus critical. In my... (read more)
2018-02-05 11:33:54

New and Existing Products - GeoDATA 2017

The event took place at the ILEC Conference Centre in West London on 30 November. It attracted 32 exhibitors and a busy crowd of enthusiastic participants. There was plenty of space in the exhibitor area which never looked either crammed or sparse. The rooms for the three-stream seminar programme were separate and sound-proofed. Each talk started dead on time and lasted twenty minutes, leaving a ten-minute gap before the next presentation. Time and space were managed with ease. There is no entry charge for attendees. It is the exhibitors who pay to be there and so this is an event... (read more)
2018-01-08 12:57:44

Smart Cadastral Tools for Real Estate Registration

Extensive Use of the INSPIRE GML Cadastral Parcel
The tools, systems and protocols as developed by the Spanish Directorate General for Cadastre are well accepted and widely used. A smart system of coordination between the Cadastre and the Property Rights Registry in Spain is now working and showing results. Agents working in the real estate market are now involved too. In Spain, the Cadastre and the Property Rights Registry are two separate institutions with differentiated mandates and competences, both working in the domain of land administration. The Spanish Law 13/2015 implements an effective coordination of transactions executed by both institutions. Today the real estate transactions are performed with... (read more)
2017-11-09 11:59:45

Gabriele Garnero

Gabriele Garnero is Professor of Geomatics at the Degree Courses in Planning Sciences at the Polytechnic of Turin. His main fields of scientific interest are studies on photogrammetry and remote sensing applications, architectural surveys, application of GNSS and digital cartography, GIS and cadastral applications. (read more)
2017-10-17 09:42:42

How to Create Effective Basemaps with CARTO

The basemap is the unsung hero of cartography. Regardless of the intended purpose, scale, or theme, the basemap must always provide the proper context, use a clear visual language, and effectively communicate the underlying data. For that reason, CARTO is constantly working to improve its basemaps and has decided to release a new version: Voyager. Designed by head of Cartography, Mamata Akella, this mobile-optimised basemap comes in three flavours (labels on top, labels under, and no labels). In addition, this iteration makes it even easier to incorporate vital street-level data, better understand the potential flow of traffic within an area, and create... (read more)
2017-10-17 08:47:42
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