On July 14 at the Esri International User Conference, the company announced GeoNet, the new home for technical forums and a place for GIS users to come together to share ideas, insights and challenges. Now that it’s been up and running publicly for three months, we’ll take a look at GeoNet and its potential.
A team of researchers are using multispectral imaging to uncover hidden text on a 1491 Martellus map, one of the most important maps in history. Lead researcher Chet Van Duzer thinks the discoveries will allow historians and scholars to see just how the map influenced cartography in its time. Image: "Henricus Martellus' World Map" by Henricus Martellus (Heinrich Hammer) -  . Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henricus_Martellus%27_World_Map.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Henricus_Martellus%27_World_Map.jpg
What will we do with all of the Apple sensors: NFC, HealthKit, HomeKit, LED Sensors, barometers. Will they portend the beginning of yet another big data assault that will impact geospatial professionals? Will they catapult the “connected home” or “quantified self” craze? How will we use these data? Will standards be part of the adoption and who will own them?
In this interview, Barbara Ryan, the Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland. discusses the expansive mission of GEO with editor in chief Joe Francica. GEO provides information about earth science and technology for policy makers worldwide. GEO's Members include 92 Governments and the European Commission plus 67 intergovernmental agencies are. Projects range from the Asian Water cycle initiatives to Global Drought Early Warning to Biomass monitoring. After graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland with a degree in geology in 1974, Ms. Ryan joined the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and eventually became the associate director for geography at the USGS, responsible for the agency�s remote sensing, geography and civilian mapping programmes, including the Landsat satellites.