Rethinking the Geospatial Competition

I see requests for participation in geospatial competitions all the time. Professionals and students are invited to produce maps and apps and win recognitions and/or prizes. One type of contest features a geospatial technology company’s development platform. Participants have a time limit, hours to months, to build an app or map. While sometimes there are guidelines on what kind of app or map is to be submitted, most contests are free-for-alls and competitors can build whatever they choose. Companies host such events to gain users, generate marketing content and/or develop products that result in revenue. There’s a second type of... (read more)
2016-12-23 11:33:26

Hiring Geospatial Employees

Are you looking to change your job during the year? Or maybe you’re looking to recruit and will be part of the hiring process. Adena Schutzberg provides some timely advice drawn from a master of successful appointments who uses heuristics. Over the last 20 years I’ve probably read several hundred requests from students, career changers and those already involved in geospatial technology asking for help getting a job. In contrast, I’ve read very little about how to hire the best people from those groups. Luckily Henry Ward, CEO at eShares, detailed his four hiring principles and six hiring heuristics in... (read more)
2016-12-23 10:59:24
2018-08-08 01:55:14

Advances in Geospatial and Space

As we head towards Brexit in 2019, satellites may be in the headlines for less than positive reasons at the moment. However, what’s clear is the universal acceptance of the value, and critical need for this infrastructure to both our society and economy. Away from the headlines, a number of interesting events over the past month have allowed me to reflect on the relationship between space and traditional geospatial. For many years, the earth observation community has been on the fringes of mainstream geospatial, and in some cases, unfortunately, even viewed as a distinct entity. Thankfully, space technology has now... (read more)
2018-06-21 12:40:31

The Global Geospatial Industry Outlook

The Indian company Geospatial Media and Communications has produced a thought-provoking report on the Global Geospatial Industry and published it online. Ian Masser reviews this report. This 128 page report is divided into four main sections. These include a short section describing the methodology that was developed for the exercise. This followed by a longer section discussing the main global geospatial industry trends and emerging business processes. The third section of the report presents the findings of the analysis in the form of a geospatial readiness index of fifty nations. The concluding section contains details of the sponsors of the... (read more)
2017-08-07 12:58:20

BAE Systems Enhances Geospatial Software

BAE Systems has integrated capabilities called Movement Intelligence, or MOVINT, into its Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) line of software, helping analysts to more easily identify intelligence threats using motion sensors. These new capabilities, which include complex multi-tracking analytics, interpret movement and activity from video, radar, and other types of motion sensors, enabling analysts to efficiently track people, vehicles, and other objects of interest. Detection and tracking of key targets and activities often requires analysts to painstakingly monitor, review, and interpret large volumes of data and imagery from multiple sensors, compromising the effectiveness of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. Eliminating the... (read more)
2017-06-09 02:37:46

Finding your Geospatial Learning Community

MOOCs are in the news on this side of the ocean. GiSPro first highlighted these online learning communities in the August 2016 issue and Oxford University recently announced a MOOC in Economics. In her regular column, Adena Schutzberg examines how they work and suggests some sources for those keen to update their skills. I received an email a few weeks ago from a potential Esri Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) student. He wanted to know why he had to wait until the start date to begin the course. “Why,” he asked, “can’t we start whenever we want?” It’s a great... (read more)
2017-01-25 05:04:53

The Future of Geospatial Education

GIS Professionals need to diversify their skills and quickly learn emerging technologies, argues Patrick Rickles. The use and understanding of GIS was historically limited to specialists. Today, GIS is commonplace, as spatially-enabled apps become standard on smartphones. With over a third of the world’s total population – an estimated 2.6 billion people - owning smartphones, and a reported 5 billion requests per week to Apple Maps alone, there are a large number of non-expert users of GIS, which is only sure to grow. GIS professionals need to diversify their skillsets and quickly learn emerging technologies in order to support these... (read more)
2017-04-04 05:09:14
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