Janine Benyus is the author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature and founder of Biomimicry 3.8. She recently spoke at the Geodesign Summit in Redlands, Califorinia where she discussed how nature and biological phenomenon might contribute to the design and sustainability of the built environment. Editor in chief Joe Francica discussed the concept of biomimicry and what geospatial professionals can learn from nature's problem-solvers.
From On the Media (NPR): A rash of state laws considered or passed in 2013 seek to rein in drone surveillance. They offer a patchwork of restrictions that seem to reflect the particular culture, or business interests, of individual states. Bob talks with Margot Kaminski, executive director of the Information Society Project and a lecturer at Yale Law School, who has surveyed the legal landscape and noticed a trend.
Lauren Hood works with Loveland Technologies, a company which developed a new way of mapping Detroit. They call it "blexting" – sending teams throughout the city to text pictures and descriptions of blight to a database. Hoods says in a few months, that data will be available as an app for anyone to access, or correct. Image: One of the tens of thousands of abandoned houses in Detroit via Wikipedia, public domain.
Spectrum Spatial from Pitney Bowes is a modular and extremely flexible solution for location intelligence applications. In this interview with Clarence Hempfield the director for Global Product Strategy you will learn about how Spectrum Spatial can integrate with your existing business intelligence solution.
The term “open” with respect to geospatial has been all over the news in the past week or so. What’s going on in open source, open data and organizations that support these open things? What should the geospatial community know about “open” in 2014 and what should members do to take advantage of the growing open geospatial movement?