Fundamental knowledge of the land and its resources is a basic need for effective government and a productive economy in any nation. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), celebrating its 135th birthday on March 3rd, serves our Nation by providing reliable scientific information that can be used in many different ways: to describe and understand the Earth; to minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; to manage water, ecosystem, energy, and mineral resources; and to enhance and protect our quality of life.
Companies that grasp how to strategically leverage advanced analytics and location intelligence stand to drive efficiencies, improve customer service and boost profits. Trimble’s Joyce Tam, director of product management, provides eight key developments that will alter how the emerging workforce does business.
In mid-January 2014, results of phase 6 of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP) were presented at the 10th Summit of the Group on Earth Observation in Geneva. Author, Dr. David Arctur managed a yearlong project within AIP-6, to advance the Water Societal Benefit Area (SBA) of GEOSS. This article discusses the results of the project.
At the celebration of the Open Geospatial Consortium's 20th anniversary banquet, numerous remembrances were delivered on behalf of founders and benefactors such as David Schell and many others. However, it was Dr. Chris Tucker, founder of MapStory and current OGC board member, and Steve Liang, of the Universary of Calgary, who articulated the vision for the next 10 years.
Ralph Straumann and Christoph Graf of Ernst Basler + Partner Ltd. in Switzerland attended the Esri Partner Conference and the Esri Developer Summit in Palm Springs in March.They report on, and assess some of the trends that they identified.
Author Stephen Keen thinks we have a problem in using the term “GIS.” “The challenge that we face by using the term ‘GIS’ to describe our profession is that it means so many different things to so many different people.” With tongue partially in cheek, he describes how GIS addresses a whole array of technologies and methodologies, and the need to differentiate ourselves as professionals.
The DigitalGlobe Foundation was established to support university research and the next generation of geospatial technology users through grants of satellite imagery. In this interview, Editor in Chief Joe Francica discusses the mission of the Foundation with its executive director, Mark Brender.