Cartography as a Tool for Geospatial Decision Support

GIM International Interviews Ferjan Ormeling
From 25 to 30 August 2013, the 26th International Cartographic Conference was being held in Dresden, Germany, bringing together cartographers and geographic information science specialists from across the globe. In recognition of the importance of the study and practice of mapmaking, GIM International had devoted its August 2013 issue to this event, so it was particularly fitting to feature an interview with Ferjan Ormeling, the prominent Dutch cartographer. Covering cartographic challenges, the power of maps, and lessons that can be learned from the past, Ormeling's views are that of an inspired and inspirational proclaimer of his specialist field. In May 2013... (read more)
2013-08-05 11:17:17

Towards Cadastre 2034: Part II

International Experts Speak Out
Bennett and co-authors from the University of Melbourne, Australia, have described six design elements relating to the role and nature of future cadastres, presented at the FIG 2010 congress in Sydney and published in GIM International (July 2010); an inspiring starting point for further dialogue. To encourage discussion we invited leading experts and practitioners to send us their own views and future vision. We received no fewer than ten replies, half of which were printed in the September issue. Here are the remaining five.     Cadastre 2014 is an influential publication produced by a FIG Commission 7 working group... (read more)
2010-10-04 04:57:12

The Revolution of Drone-carried Sensors

GIM International interviews 3D Robotics
The world of professional unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is changing. It is a matter of ‘survival of the fittest’ in terms of the hardware aspect: UAV manufacturers. The interest is now visibly shifting towards payloads and software to capture, visualise and process the data; UAVs are the apparatus, but it’s the sensors and software that really count. GIM International decided to touch base with a company that serves as a good example of the current transformation, and spoke to Chris Anderson, CEO, and Daniel McKinnon, vice president, from 3D Robotics. Read the interview here. (By Wim van Wegen,... (read more)
2017-03-31 09:00:12

Linking Space Technology and User Needs

GIM International interviews Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA
Space technology has a big influence on the transformation of the way we live, work and play. The core mission of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) is to ensure that European Union citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. In this in-depth interview GSA’s executive director, Mr Carlo des Dorides, talks about Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, UAVs, location-based services and much more. The developments in the GNSS industry are continuing at a steady pace. Where do we stand now? As our GNSS Market Report shows, the global GNSS market remains dynamic. GNSS is used around... (read more)
2017-02-06 10:32:07

Remotely Sensed Data for Efficient Data Collection

Taking a Closer Look at Impact from Hundreds of Kilometres above the Earth
When it comes to impact evaluations, remotely sensed data can increase their timeliness, accuracy and relevance for decision-makers. 3ie and New Light Technologies are enhancing the use of geospatial analysis in IEs. Impact evaluations (IEs) have been evolving to fill a critical gap in evidence about the effectiveness of international development programmes and interventions. Because of their ability to determine intervention effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness), the demand for and production of IEs has grown substantially in recent decades. Rigorous evaluation of development interventions and their outcomes has been a perennial challenge across multiple sectors and disciplines. Remotely sensed data allows to... (read more)
2020-07-17 02:25:39

Need for New Players and Leaders to Enter the Land Sector

GIM International Interviews Dr Robin McLaren
Dr Robin McLaren is a widely known and recognised authority with more than 30 years of experience in the profession. Having developed GIS technology for a number of years, Robin set up his independent consulting company, Know Edge Ltd, in Edinburgh in 1986, providing GIS solutions for governmental and utilities clients across the United Kingdom. Following an introduction to international land administration and management during a UN-FAO mission to North Yemen in 1989, this became a major market for the company. 'GIM International' interviewed Robin to learn more about his involvement in many innovations and to hear his insightful opinions. Read... (read more)
2017-06-01 09:20:26

Solving Societal Problems with Smart Cities

Interview with Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development, Siemens
The world population is growing rapidly, putting urban planning under increasing pressure. Cities are facing challenges such as how to improve the environment and how to reduce the impact of congestion. The smart city concept seems to offer a solution. Reflecting the fact that smart cities are built on geospatial foundations, Intergeo – the world’s largest annual trade show for the geomatics industry – chose smart city as one of its key themes. To gain insights from an urban planning insider, 'GIM International' interviewed Martin Powell, head of urban development at Siemens. (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) ‘Smart city’... (read more)
2016-11-14 09:40:51

China’s Unlimited Demand for Geomatics Specialists

GIM International interviews Professor Liu Jingnan
Having led the famous Wuhan University, home to the world's biggest geomatics faculty, from 2003 to 2008, professor Liu Jingnan is one of the most respected Chinese academics in geodesy and satellite positioning applications. Besides that, he has also been in charge of China's National Engineering Research Centre for Satellite Positioning Systems. Liu Jingnan shares his views on the rapid development of geomatics in China and his country's future role in the industry with GIM International.   Can you tell us about the history of the famous surveying university in Wuhan, which you headed up? In 1956, the Chinese government... (read more)
2011-11-09 02:58:00

Governing Marine Spaces

Stakeholders, Legal and Technical Issues
The governance of any geographical area, including marine space, is the management of stakeholder relationships with regard to spatial-temporal resource use for many sanctioned economic, social, political and environmental objectives. The authors explore a number of issues and identify a narrow approach to stakeholder participation as one of the greatest limitations to marine programmes and projects. Interests in marine space can be expressed in a variety of ways: sovereignty, jurisdiction, administration, ownership (title), lease, license, permit, quota, customary rights, aboriginal rights, collect-ive rights, community rights, littoral rights, public rights, rights of use, and public good. One feature of a coastal... (read more)
2006-11-20 12:00:00

Maximising the Benefit of Geospatial Information

GIM International interviews Dave Lovell
The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association was formed in 2004 as an inclusive networking organisation of academic and research institutions, government agencies, commercial geomatics firms, national and regional geographic information associations and individuals from around the world. What are the latest trends and developments when it comes to spatial data? 'GIM International' talked with Dave Lovell, president of GSDI, about topics ranging from knowledge sharing and capacity building to big data. The GSDI Association’s vision is a world where everyone can readily discover, access and apply geographic information to improve their daily lives. Where do we stand now? The... (read more)
2017-08-08 09:47:42
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