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UAVs: The Deceptive Rise to Disruption in the Geospatial Industry

The period where exponential growth remains unnoticed following the inception of innovation is classified as ‘deception’. The year 1849 inaugurated the birth of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’), producing a deceptive impact on the industry. Today, the use of consumer UAVs for data acquisition is quickly approaching its zenith, allowing for a broader scale of applications. (By Jonathan McCollin, University of the West Indies) The early use of consumer UAVs typi... (read more)
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Virtual Reality: the Paradigm Shift of Spatial Representation

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated representation of a three-dimensional image or environment. Usually paired with a headset, it gives the user a fully immersive experience. It is now being successfully capitalised on in the gaming, film and education sectors, to name but a few. (By Jonathan McCollin) Over the years, spatial data has and continues to be represent... (read more)

How Accessible and Reliable Is Your National Government's Data?

From now until January 2017, you can join individuals and organisations around the world in assessing the quality and availability of data from national governments. The Open Knowledge International (OKI) Global Open Data Index 2016 survey is now open. This annual index has been measuring the state of open government data throughout the world since 2013. This yea... (read more)

Photogrammetry Meets the Consumer Drone

Photogrammetry has made huge progress over the past 15 years, on both hardware and software fronts. Dedicated large-frame cameras enable increasingly high geometric and radiometric precision, capturing overlapping images to be used by software with new, tailored algorithms. Large-scale surface models with proven accuracy and high detail are produced from these images by de... (read more)

Blockchain in Geospatial Applications

A blockchain is an immutable trustless registry of entries, hosted on an open distributed network of computers (called nodes). It is potentially safer and cheaper than traditional centralised databases, is resilient to attacks, enhances transparency and accountability and puts people in control of their own data. Blockchain technology will be explained more thoroughly belo... (read more)

Supporting Geomatics Education in Uruguay

While reading the latest Spanish edition of GIM International (June 2016) I came across an article expressing concern about the ability of education and geomatics to solve some of the main problems of our times. That article (‘La Educación es clave/Education is key’) encouraged me to write about some initiatives that are being supported in Uruguay and to... (read more)
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