GIS and Humanitarian Work Come Together – Interview with Jus Mackinnon

Our editor Robin Waters interviews Jus Mackinnon, a founder of CrisisMappersUK, who is a self-taught GI enthusiast with a background in aviation and a passion for humanitarian relief work and crisis mapping. On the Juscomms.com website, Jus Mackinnon describes her company as a full-service, multi-disciplinary business consultancy providing expert services to the private, public and third sectors. Maps, mapping and GIS creep into the site in the context of airfield management and humanitarian crisis mapping. But if you talk to Jus you will be rewarded with a passionate discussion of many of the issues that have exercised the GI industry... (read more)
2016-12-16 03:28:48

Survey and GIS in San Diego

Everyone forms their own impressions of San Diego, but for surveyors and GIS folks in the Summer, it means the largest geospatial event in the world, the ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit combined with the ESRI International User Conference. The 28th annual User Conference (UC) came in early August with the theme ‘Building New Opportunities’, the bulk of the Survey Summit running as prelude the previous weekend. The summit drew over four hundred attendees, a roughly 8% increase over last year. Both conferences featured a trade show. The summit also includes the Survey and Leadership Forum, actually, a Special... (read more)
2008-11-11 12:00:00

Open for Business - AGI GeoCom 2013

Increasing public awareness, opportunities for industry change and predictions for the future! Hayley Tear, Robin Waters and Stephen Booth report on the highlights of another successful AGI GeoCommunity conference. Last year’s AGI GeoCommunity conference focussed on “sharing the power of place” with the wider world and how building our industry’s reputation was up to us – the GI professionals. In our report, we reflected that it had become an unofficial tradition to hear Chris Holcroft, who was then about to begin his new role at the Royal Meteorological Society, speak of the AGI’s mission; always passionate about the opportunities open... (read more)
2017-04-27 04:13:59

OGC, GEO & UN-GGIM - Driving the Global Geospatial Agenda

This article sets out to explain the distinct but interrelated roles of the three international bodies which are driving the global geospatial agenda which underpins the need for smart and sustainable growth in the 21st century: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). If you are interested in how the geospatial industry and associated policy supports government and broader commercial sector activities, then it is important to understand the global influences which are shaping these sectors. You need to look at the world... (read more)
2017-08-03 02:57:52

Something for Everyone in the Industry - GEO Business 2016

GeoBusiness returned to the Islington Business Design Centre for its third year with a larger exhibition, more visitors and, if anything, an even buzzier atmosphere. The industry’s biggest players seemed to have bigger stands and more new suppliers were displaying their wares, reports Richard Groom. Inevitably, delegates had to make choices between concurrent conference sessions and workshops, whilst also catching up with friends and colleagues. This year it was made a little easier as the conference was concentrated into a single stream and the workshops became five streams. Robots and ‘Us’ The first session of the first day started with... (read more)
2016-12-23 12:30:01

Taking Tools to People for Offline Mapping

Accurate maps play a critical role in understanding communities, particularly for populations at risk of natural disasters and health emergencies. Dan Joseph and colleagues explain how the American Red Cross has mobilised thousands of volunteers to help map vulnerable communities around the world. Much of the Global North has been mapped with incredible detail and is accessible through the smartphones in our pockets. This is not the reality for billions of people around the globe, however. Families and individuals often do not exist to decisionmakers because their communities do not exist on maps. Without maps, disaster responders often cannot access... (read more)
2016-12-23 05:22:23

Women in GIS Leadership - Developing a Grassroots Approach

62% of young women do not see themselves staying in the GIS industry for more than ten years, this is related to the fact that at management level women are outnumbered four to one. A recent study titled “Graduate Pathways for GIS Professionals” by Mairead de Roiste of Victoria University, Wellington found that nearly two-thirds of female graduates expect to leave the industry within 10 years, noting that greater support is required for these women at the ‘grassroots’ level. This statistic should shock people in our industry and act as motivation for retaining talented graduates. A factor related to this... (read more)
2018-04-09 04:25:52

Smart Cities Need a Single Source of Geo Data

Ordnance Survey’s head of smart cities, Miranda Sharp, explains why a single source of accurate location intelligence and data is crucial for Smart, and how Ordnance Survey International is helping governments around the world develop their own smart cities. For many years Ordnance Survey’s work and the accurate maps it produced, were viewed by much of the world as something of a British curiosity. Quaint and ever-so eccentric. Why would anyone go through urban areas noting down their every feature and measurement in such detail? More so, why would anyone go to the most remote and barren stretches of landscape... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:15:58

MapAction in the Philippines

As super typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippine islands of Samar and Leyte last November, a MapAction emergency team had already landed in Manila, three hundred kilometres to the north. The vital role of mapping in disaster emergency response can be a race against time to save lives and bring relief as Nigel Woof OBE, MapAction’s operation director, vividly describes. The international relief community relied initially on government reports about the areas and numbers of people being affected, together with disjointed glimpses of its impact from news streams and social media. So, in the absence of real-time information, the MapAction... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:17:52

Why Location Matters in Data Analytics - AGI GeoCom 2016

AGI GeoCom 2016 boasted a new format, new speakers and a new venue. Stephen Booth reports. We live in an age on constant change and churn so this year’s AGI conference was no exception. A major departure from past formats of two or more days of presentations and keynotes, today’s uber-busy world needed something sharper, quicker, more attention-grabbing. A one-day event at the home of geography, the Royal Geographical Society, attracted nearly two hundred to hear 12 invited speakers talk about location and data analytics. The audience seemed different; yes, the usual faces and greybeards were there but new faces... (read more)
2017-01-26 10:55:48
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