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Friday, May 10th, 2013

What does Google’s Timelapse effort say about the geospatial big data challenge?

Google gave the world a gift yesterday with the release of the global timelapse viewer that aggregates Landsat imagery from 1984 through 2012. While this effort isn’t unique, it is high-profile with its exclusive media alliance with TIME magazine, and it simultaneously illustrates the impact of humans while also showing the difficulty of aggregating our

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

What are some of the disruptions of digital photogrammetry, and their implications?

The legacy of film imagery spans just 150 years, although it still continues to some degree today, from its start at the dawn of photography in the mid-1800s to its continued use on Russian reconnaissance satellites. With the advent of commercial large-format digital aerial cameras in the early 2000’s, in a very short time film

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

How does geospatial technology help lessen the footprint of humans on Earth?

Today is the 43rd Earth Day, providing an important touchpoint of our planet’s health. The widespread and non-partisan embrace of the very first fight against environmental pollution has been sustained and has become a yearly global gathering where individuals become educated to decrease their impact on the Earth, and where we all are called to

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

What are some of the parallels between the brain mapping initiative and mapping in general?

Last week, the Obama administration announced a plan to invest $100 million to begin mapping the brain. While much of this work is ongoing in many disciplines, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies or BRAIN Initiative has been touted as an investment in basic scientific research for greater understanding and better public health with

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Are we ready for the oncoming capacity to see the unseen?

Remote sensing has its foundation in observations that provide unique viewpoints to enable greater insight. The data explosion that is taking place in earth observation, with new satellites launched around the world on a monthly basis, along with new unmanned aerial platforms, promise to usher in a whole new level of understanding of Earth and

Monday, March 18th, 2013

How is the sequester likely to impact the geospatial industry?

Now that congress has failed to act, and the sequester has gone into affect, there is a good deal of belt tightening taking place in Washington, with little details yet on what the full scope of impacts might mean with across the board cuts of 8 percent or more for key agencies. Given that government

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

How will Google Glass transform field data collection?

There is growing momentum for the Google Glass wearable computing device, along with a bit of a backlash, and the device has yet to become commercially available. This device promises an interesting future of hands-free computing, with much of the interaction happening as geospatial wayfinding of our world. While enhanced navigation is one component, documentation

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Is GIS about to get as ubiquitous as word processing, and if so what are the implications?

With cloud computing and a wide number of developer-oriented tools for online mapmaking, GIS is certainly reaching broad new levels of application and adoption. The ubiquity of easy mapmaking tools, and the means to aggregate spatial data falls in the wake of a phenomenal increase in the amount of available geospatial data. This means that

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

What are the top 10 dynamic processes to track with next-generation sensors and systems?

The accelerated pace of global change comes at a time when technology is enabling greater monitoring with enhanced visualization for better insight. Sensors, including individuals armed with the sensor pods on smartphones, are providing an unprecedented ability to measure and monitor change. Today’s systems are aggregating this information in new ways, and yet there’s a

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Will Landsat 8 usher in a new era for Earth observation awareness and appreciation?

Today at 10:02 a.m. (PST), the high-pressure launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) took place at Vandeberg Air Force Base in California. The Landsat 8 satellite fills a much-needed gap in Earth observation, given that the 13-year-old Landsat 7 is partially compromised, and the 28-year-old Landsat 5 was recently retired.

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