Friday, 27 February 2015

Features

GISCorpsThe U.S.-based Urban and Regional Information System Association (URISA) has been coordinating global volunteer mapping projects since 2003. To date there have been 80 missions with nearly 250 volunteers deployed on such projects as disaster response, GPS data collection, developing hydrology data, analyzing imagery, and creating base maps, among other activities. Currently, 25 GISCorps volunteers have been deployed to 9 new missions in 7 countries. Read more...
GatewingThere are many aerial mapping applications where the cost of an aircraft, and the small land size of a project, make hiring an aerial mapping firm impractical. The view from above is a valuable input however, and small radio controlled aircraft that carry high-resolution cameras and GPS receivers are increasingly finding their way into the surveyor's tool kit. The capable aerial imagery platform, with its low weight and low operational costs, is set to provide entirely new perspectives about changes in the landscape. Read more...
data opennessThe issue of open data, accessible and available, has long been source of discussion for many participants involved in the geomatics and geospatial industry. There are many reasons for data being confined including data formats, policy, lack of resources, inability among them. But culture also plays an important role, and at a time when growth, jobs and economic efficiency are high on the agenda, it makes good 'common and business sense' to have more people, not less, developing and innovating on geospatial data.  Read more...
BigDataLarge volumes of data are being generated through sensors and the use of more and more computing and monitoring devices. The challenges of big data is that with larger datasets it become more difficult to catalog, store, search, share and analyze all of the information that we are collecting. With the world’s data more than doubling every two years, the issues aren’t trivial, but fortunately our computing capacity has been keeping up, and approaches to log and simplify all the data inputs are being worked out, with cloud computing providing much-needed capacity. Read more...
ipadimageThis past week saw Apple announce a new initiative that would bring the iBook more closely to the world of education and student use. At the same time, the company announced a new iTunes App that would enable users to directly interact with iPods, iPads and iMacs to develop and collaborate more closely. The interactive capabilities, ease of collaboration and creation of educational materials could hold great promise for the geospatial and geomatic audience, particularly students. Read more...

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