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Thursday, November 20th 2014
by Directions Staff

AllSource Analysis, a company focused on the extraction and interpretation of information from satellite imagery, is concentrating on the commercial markets of energy and finance. But as CEO Stephen Wood points out, the volume of satellite information available is going to explode in the coming years and all businesses will need to better understand the opportunities provided by these new space-borne sensors.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014
by Directions Staff

Gregory Elmes, professor of geography at West Virginia University, co-edited Forensic GIS: The Role of Geospatial Technologies for Investigating Crime and Providing Evidence, a book of case studies written for researchers, practitioners and students. Directions Magazine quizzed him about the history and current use of location technology in preventing and fighting crime and convicting offenders.

Monday, November 17th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

Several hundred users and potential users of GIS gathered to explore the role of the technology in healthcare and human services at the Esri Health GIS Conference. While change was in the air, challenges related to working together and finding and using quality data in analyses remain.

Monday, November 17th 2014
by Gretchen Peterson

Any GIS professional who’s been paying attention to the professional chatter in recent years will be wondering about QGIS and whether or not it might meet some or all of their needs. Gretchen Peterson of Boundless expores the question in the first of a four part series.

Thursday, November 13th 2014
by Rob Jordan

Using first-person narratives, Stanford undergraduate students have created an interactive tool that shows how forces of global change are manifested locally throughout California.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014
by Joe Francica

At the GEO-Energy Summit today held in Huntsville, Alabama, the keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Robert Cardillo, newly appointed director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He chose the Summit to deliver his first public remarks since becoming director to an audience of more than 300 attendees. His prepared remarks appear here.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014
by Andy Extance

The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated on 9 October to tackle ebola. It was the first time the international collaboration of space agencies that provides free satellite imagery and data had been triggered in response to a disease outbreak.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014
by Paul Baur

A team of developers at SAP taught SAP HANA to crunch masses of geospatial data at sub-second speeds. The group was among the winners of the first Hasso Plattner Founders’ Award.

Monday, November 10th 2014
by Subhash Wagh

GIS applications can be utilized in aviation to present geographic data and simulations so that safety is reinforced and hazards are more easily identified and mitigated before a flight ever leaves the ground. In this article, Bosh Waugh, an aviation industry professional with ExpressJet Airlines, discusses the software applications that are most useful to pilots.

Thursday, November 6th 2014
by National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Geospatial Building Blocks (GABBs) project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is creating a powerful, yet easily used Web-based system for hosting, processing, analyzing and sharing geospatial data. 

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