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Friday, April 30th, 2010

Are Businesses That Use Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Technology More Competitive?

Traditional business intelligence is dependent upon business models that never envisioned some of the types of data geographic infor­mation systems (GIS) and geospatial technologies are capable of providing. These old strategies rely on information that is often out­dated, employed by people with out the benefit that new forms of interactive, analytic and dynamic logic bring,

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Where do the divergent paths of crowdsourcing and automated data collection merge?

On the surface these two trends appear to be diametrically opposed in terms of their approach and perhaps even their intent. On the one hand there are professionals whose occupation evolves around geospatial data collection with professional tools and a rigorous methodology. On the other is a largely volunteer force that devote time to mapping

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Where’s the GIS Data to Say the Skies of Europe Are Filled in Volcanic Ash?

I looked out my window today in Berlin and can’t see a clue volcanic ash is filling the skies. In fact, the sky is clearer than most other days when I look up. With Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcanic dust filling the skies — show me the GIS data.

Friday, April 9th, 2010

What comes first, model-based design or integrated project workflows?

I delighted to see my four-year-old nephew struggle with the question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?,” over Easter. This perennial causality dilemma was a discussion topic all day long. The root of the question has to do with creation, and this type of circular reference seems to apply just as easily to

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

How Does Satellite Imagery Compare with Aerial Photography?

Satellite imagery and aerial photography have been compared against each other often – since the launch of the world’s first satellites useful for geographic information systems (GIS) and advanced image processing techniques. Previous comparisons focused primarily on issues related to resolution and accuracy. Today we are as likely to see those comparisons continue, but timing,

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

How can maps provide motivation?

The class of maps that go beyond navigation to consolidate thought and convey a message belong to the broader class of infographics that aggregate words and numbers in a visual medium. While charts and graphs are often used to show progress to a goal, nothing personalizes the objective like measuring status, and revealing shortcomings, on

Friday, March 19th, 2010

What Impact Does a More Fully Enabled GNSS Have on GIS and CAD Related Applications?

  Russia has recently launched 3 more GLONASS satellites bringing that constellation to 20 operating satellites in space. The timing of this improved coverage is important. The rest of the geospatial industry, particularly the CAD and GIS market are rapidly transitioning to new applications and technologies that leverage increased navigation and positioning capabilities, and GALILEO

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Is GeoDesign an activity, a practice or a software-enabled modeling approach?

The concept of GeoDesign involves a more interactive interface to geospatial layers with the means for sketching and design upon those layers in a collaborative way while contributing and interacting with an evolving intelligent model. The concept itself isn’t new, but various technology pieces have been missing, and the enabling software is now being worked

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Should Rural and Urban Spatial Models Link Together?

A significant amount of spatial and geodata related work is related to urban activity. This involves all kinds of geodata including cadastral, topographic, infrastructure, demographic, transport and many other types of information. At the same time we can find similar levels of activity related to rural environments. While modelling for each may take on different

Friday, February 26th, 2010

What is intelligent infrastructure, and how do geospatial tools contribute?

Intelligent infrastructure combines sensors, network connectivity and software to monitor and analyze complex systems to uncover inefficiency and inform optimal operations. The sensor component collects operational detail over time as well as providing real-time inputs on current conditions. The network connectivity ensures the flow of information between systems, other sensors, and practitioners. The software component

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