Google has not only become the de facto mapping app, the de facto navigation app, the de facto remote sensing app, the de facto change detection app, etc. It's the de facto National Map, as well. The USGS collected the data (imagery, topo, etc.) but Google monetized it. Is this an acceptable model where the government invests but the private sector monetizes the data? What is the future of privatization of national geodata?
Social media. It can be a great resource, a time sink or a burden for geospatial professionals. What exactly makes a geo individual or organization worth “following” via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+? We’ll share who we follow and try to identify the best practices that make their posts valuable.
Dr. Anthony Robinson of Penn State is continuing development of the first geo-MOOC, a massive open online course titled Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, which begins in July. I spoke with Dr. Robinson in February, just after the course was announced. In part two of our conversation recorded April 16, he shares the challenges and opportunities after working with the Coursera platform, visiting with Esri education team, and contemplating how to assess tens of thousands of students.
There are lots of bad maps. The USGS is crowdsourcing TNM. Apple fired people over bad maps. OpenStreetMap quality is superior to many – even Bing. How important is map quality? To Web users? To mobile users? To the media? To the big issues of the day: national security, energy independence? How much faith do we put in our maps?
Welcome to another Directions Magazine podcast sponsored by Intergraph. In this interview with John Graham, president of Intergraph's Security, Government and Infrastructure (SG&I) Division, editor in chief Joe Francica discusses the opportunities in geospatial technology that Intergraph will pursue and how the company is structured for growth within the next 2-5 years.
The devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the western wildfires in 2012 are sobering reminders that utilities always need to be prepared to respond to large-scale natural disasters. When faced with incidents of that size, a utility is forced to look at all of its resources in preparation, including those it doesn’t typically utilize under normal conditions. Danny Petrecca, director of Product Management Enterprise GIS at Schneider Electric, explains how a...