The State of Geospatial - Revealed as Uber Bags deCarta

Just how old do you have to be to remain a startup? Adena Schutzberg reveals the “secret sauce” in the deal and asks, is anyone buying geographic data companies? It’s been several months since a “big” acquisition in the geospatial industry. Uber, the well-known mobile app-based transportation company, acquired deCarta, a small independent mapping and spatial analysis software company. The acquisition reveals several truisms about the state of our industry. I want to highlight them here because we as insiders sometimes cannot see the business forest due to the technology trees. All Companies are Tech Companies A few years ago... (read more)
2016-12-22 03:54:18

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

OGC Seeks Comment on Draft Charter for Geospatial AI

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is seeking public comment on the draft Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI) Domain Working Group (DWG) Charter. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning technologies have started to be coupled with geoinformatics and are bringing geospatial intelligence to various domains, including autonomous transportation, predictable healthcare, sustainable urban planning/design/development, among others. For example, AI-assisted volunteered geographic information (such as OpenStreetMap data) accelerates the development of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) from satellite imagery. Also, deep learning techniques provide micro-level prediction of human mobility and environmental exposure across different geographic areas in epidemiology. Further, autonomous vehicles gather, manage, and analyse... (read more)
2018-09-05 11:01:59

Geo-referencing and Visualising Retail Store Stock with Geospatial Technologies

When the Internet first became available to staff at the University of Aberdeen, we were soon approached by a small Internet provider in Aberdeen (Internet for Business (IFB)) to look into the concept of developing a more visually interactive experience for online shoppers than the standard list-type shop-front that existed then on the Web. The idea was to use early digital Ordnance Survey (OS) map data as an interface to allow shoppers to navigate street maps – as if walking along a street – to a shop-front – and then ‘walking’ into a higher resolution digital plan of the store... (read more)
2017-12-20 11:22:11

Bringing Geomatics and Geospatial Professionals Closer - GEO Business 2017

Event chair, Steven Eglinton, director of GeoEnable and vice-chair of AGI, urges geospatial professionals to come together for two days of conferences, workshops and exhibitions to learn, network, share and collaborate. While GEO Business’ roots are in survey and geomatics, the event has broadened into ‘geospatial’. It covers not only data capture, but data processing, management, use, re-use, maintenance and how to add value to business. It looks at the whole spectrum of what ‘geospatial’ can mean. Organisations represented include: Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Royal Institution of... (read more)
2017-04-04 04:14:58

Solv3D Updates SiteVisit360 Geospatial Collaboration Platform

Solv3D, a leading provider of 3D processing, geospatial data visualisation and collaboration tools, has announced that a number of new features have been released within SiteVisit360, further enhancing the experience in enabling visualisation and collaboration of geospatial data across the enterprise. The first of the features included in this release are “Annotations”, which enables users to make free-hand markups directly on top of the imagery and point cloud data within the scene view.  Users can save, share, collaborate with and export the annotations. This will assist in being able to more easily and visually communicate requirements, changes, actions, etc. The... (read more)
2018-09-07 01:13:00

World Geospatial Industry Council Launched at UN-GGIM

In a landmark development, geospatial industry leaders from across the world came together to announce the formation of the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC). The announcement was made on 1 August 2018 at the 8th session of the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management) held in New York, by Jack Dangermond, Chairman of WGIC and Founder and President, Esri. WGIC is co-founded by a group of 21 companies, namely AAM Group, AGI India, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Cyient, Data World, DigitalGlobe, e-GEOS, Esri, FARO, Geospatial Media, GeoTech Vision, Ground Truth, Hexagon, IIC Technologies, Oracle, Riegl, Rolta Group, Trimble, TomTom, and Topcon. WGIC aspires to be a collaborative platform for advancing the role of the geospatial industry and strengthening its contribution in the world... (read more)
2018-08-09 11:07:27

Applying Geospatial Technologies to Real Estate Decision Making in Nigeria

Countries such as Nigeria are beginning to embrace the potential of geospatial technology and information in order to develop their economies. This is particularly so in fields such as land administration and real estate development where relevant stakeholders are taking advantage of increasingly affordable software and ever-growing volumes of crowdsources and open data. Unlike developed countries, which were limited by the slow roll-out of heavy telecommunications infrastructure, these industries are being fast-tracked by more easily-deployable Wi-Fi networks to both urban and remote regions. Bolaji Afolabi explains how this is happening. In the real estate service industry, it is not a... (read more)
2017-11-27 03:16:36

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

CoreLogic and Esri Expand Premium Geospatial Content Offerings

CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, and Esri, a global leader in spatial analytics, has announced expanded availability of CoreLogic geospatial content within the Esri ArcGIS Marketplace. Esri users will have easy desktop and mobile app access to more than 200 CoreLogic proprietary parcel and property attributes through ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and market-specific packages. With this expansion, users gain easier access to CoreLogic parcel and property content via ArcGIS Marketplace, as well as the ability to quickly and seamlessly integrate high-functioning content and map-based web apps into their workflows, even in the field. CoreLogic is currently... (read more)
2018-07-12 01:31:48
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