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Friday, September 9th, 2011

Why should open geospatial data and software be taken seriously?

It’s now the eve of the State of the Map (SOTM) and Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) events, which take place back-to-back in Denver. The OpenStreetMap and FOSS4G communities will converge to cover open data and open source software, with a focus on development tools, applications, and shared objectives. The combined audience

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Old Data – New Data: When To Collect Geospatial Data?

Does old geospatial data have value? Is new geodata better? Project needs change and the spatially related questions being asked may be different, requiring new data. When is the best time to collect spatial data and what are some of the considerations involved? Does one approach over another have particular advantages when comes to planning

Friday, August 26th, 2011

What’s the current state of GIS for emergency planning and response?

GIS has proven itself time and again as an integral tool in planning and responding to disasters, and we’ve come a long way in our capabilities to communicate and incorporate up-t0-date details about unfolding events. The trend is for more frequent and intense natural disasters worldwide due to increased populations in vulnerable areas, and heightened

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Where Did All the Talk About Spatial Data Quality Go?

About three years ago spatial data quality was the topic of the day. Everyone seemed to be talking about it. It was important, and seemed to be gathering momentum for a thrust into the direction of improved spatial data quality factors, how to assess them and go on. Suddenly it seems as if that period

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Can sensors and systems balance competing interests for our natural resources?

Last week, I spent a dream vacation in Alaska’s Inside Passage fishing for salmon and halibut. Recent changes to the fishing laws in Alaska provided a good deal of the dialogue with our fishing guides, who are always torn between client demands, regulations, and sustaining their living in balance with the commercial fishing industry. With

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Should You Have a GIS Survey Done Before Buying a Business?

Land surveyors have long promoted the hiring of a land surveyor prior to purchasing property. It provides buyers with the assurance that what they are paying for is what they are getting. It supports the transaction legally. Geographic Information Systems are in many organizations today. They are used as strategic business tools that enable up-to-date

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

How are geospatial technologies being applied to achieve resilience?

With increasing global change comes a need to return ecosystems to their strongest natural health, and to ensure that our built environment can adapt rather than crumble from natural forces. Stepped-up ecological change is forcing new levels of land and infrastructure management, and geospatial technology is well-poised to analyze impacts, improve designs, and monitor outcomes.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

How Are Surveyors Impacted By Changing Geospatial Technology?

Innovations in technology development are altering the ability to capture, manage, model and represent surveying data today. The fact is, surveyors operate under different regulations, perspectives and domains globally. Moreover, there are differences between companies that offer surveying services with some following traditional domain approaches, while others venture across disciplines and successfully engage new multi-disciplinary

Friday, July 15th, 2011

What is the potential for self-service GIS?

The concept of self-service GIS software has been elusive to date due to the increasing capability and complexity of the software toolset, the IT overhead for configuration and maintenance, and the need for training and skill acquisition in order to feel comfortable driving the software. While these constraints are certainly still a factor, the amount

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Are Surveyors, Designers, Educators and Other Geospatial Users on the Verge of a New 3D glass-free Era?

Three-dimensional viewing is advancing with the development of glass-free, 3D visualization. Mobile phones and televisions are now equipped with the technology and it won’t be long until we see 3D in mainstream geospatial applications.  This innovation will expand across many disciplines including surveying, GIS, CAD and visualisation applications. In doing so, the nature of how

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