As the world wakes up to the power of data, we need to start working out how to join up all this information. We need to turn it into meaningful findings that will help us to make changes to the way we live. A new technique is emerging as part of this quest – the data mashup. This approach to linking data could help us shed light on phenomena such as the health impacts of climate change.
In war-torn Syria, five of six World Heritage sites now "exhibit significant damage" and some structures have been "reduced to rubble," according to new high-resolution satellite image analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The Directions Magazine webinar, Making Location Work for Smart Cities – the Case for Location Standards, attracted 575 global registrants on September 3, 2014. In this article, Denise McKenzie, executive director for OGC’s Communications and Outreach Program, and Ron Exler, OGC’s senior consultant, discuss the ongoing efforts involving “smart cities” and how location standards from OGC play a central role in implementations.
Planning and implementing a successful solid waste management strategy require collecting a large amount of solid waste data and assets with static or dynamic locations. This article by Geodecisions senior GIS analyst Hany Hassaballa highlights the use of GIS technology in modern solid waste management operations.
The 2014 National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) annual meeting focused on coordination and partnerships among the state coordinators, with an emphasis on data sharing, open source solutions and the importance of involving local government GIS coordinators. NSGIC member Mike Vanhook provided a synopsis of the meeting.
World leaders face multiple barriers in their efforts to reach agreement on greenhouse gas emission policies. And, according to Arizona State University researchers, without globally consistent, independent emissions assessments, climate agreements will remain burdened by errors, self-reporting and the inability to verify emissions progress.