Bringing Geography into Everything

GIM International Interviews Ed Parsons
As Google’s geospatial technologist, Ed Parsons is responsible for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. GIM International caught up with this ‘man with a mission’ in Barcelona during one of his countless foreign trips. (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) You’re the geospatial technologist at Google, responsible for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. Can you describe that mission? In many ways it’s quite a unique role since the number of people within Google that are really focused on outside the organisation is quite limited. A key aspect of the role is... (read more)
2015-08-20 11:21:42

Pioneers in Capturing Public Space

GIM International interviews Frank Pauli, CycloMedia
CycloMedia is a renowned mapping company specialised in large-scale and systematic visualisations of environments. Its headquarters are situated in The Netherlands, a country that is an excellent testing ground for continuous innovation in mobile mapping solutions. GIM International's Wim van Wegen took to the highway and headed south to the old town of Zaltbommel to talk with Frank Pauli, CEO of the developer of advanced camera and image processing techniques. You were appointed in 2013 as CEO at CycloMedia. An important part of the company’s strategy was/is the focus on the international markets. Where are we today? It certainly is part... (read more)
2017-11-01 01:23:24

Technologies for the Future: A Lidar Overview

Building the Capability for High-density 3D Data
Point clouds can be captured by an ever-increasing number of means to understand the surrounding reality and detect critical developments. Diverse applications of 3D laser scanning or ‘Lidar’, which is a technology on a sky-rocketing path to be used for mapping and surveying, are changing the way we collect and refine topographic data. Which technologies and processes are building the capability for high-density 3D data? This article outlines the latest industry developments. National topographic databases store data refined from field measurements, imagery and laser scanning data at certain specifications and purposes, but lack the ability to adapt to ever-changing needs... (read more)
2019-02-28 09:50:53

National Mapping Agency of Belgium

With a history stretching back to 1831, the National Mapping Agency (NMA) of Belgium has always respected the scientific approach. In 2006 it underwent a complete restructuring of work processes to become what it is today, an ultramodern organisation headed for the past five years by Ingrid Vanden Berghe.<P> In Brussels, home of the European Commission, a summit predictably delays road traffic, so that it is with some sense of reward that we arrive at the historical setting of Abbey ter Kameren, where the National Geographic Institute (NGI) is sited, along with the Belgian National Mapping Agency (NMA). From 1831... (read more)
2008-04-21 12:00:00

Integrating GIS and Earth Viewers

GIM International Interviews Johannes Kebeck, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Virtual Earth Business Unit
Microsoft's MapPoint Business Unit was formed in 1995. The Virtual Earth platform was launched in 2005 as an integrated set of services combining imagery with mapping, location and search functionality. In May 2006 the company acquired photogrammetric firm Vexcel. This month's interviewee, Johannes Kebeck, talks about Microsoft's aims and ambitions in the field of geomatics. “There will still be a need for traditional GIS […] we will likely see tight integration between the traditional GIS and so-called Earth Viewers. How big is the geospatial division of Microsoft in terms of number of employees and share in turnover? What sort of... (read more)
2007-09-19 12:00:00

President of a Proud Organisation

GIM Interviews Dr Milan Konecny, President, International Cartographic Association (ICA)
Map users expect understandable, true and user-friendly output and visualisations of data fitted to application, and this is the job of the cartographer. The XXIII Congress of the International Cartographic Association (ICA) will be held in Moscow from 4th to 9th August 2007. Established in 1959 from origins in the International Geographical Union, ICA is soon to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. Reason enough to interview ICA president Milan Konecny. Map users expect understandable, true and user-friendly output and visualisations of data fitted to application, and this is the job of the cartographer. The XXIII Congress of the International Cartographic Association... (read more)
2007-06-14 12:00:00

Aerial Survey of the Maldives

The April 2008 issue of GIM International (page 11) summarised a project to map the Maldives as an example of how aerial photogrammetry is today applied for mapping large, complex areas. The authors provide further details of the Maldives project, its biggest achievement being first-time-ever 1:25,000 topographic maps of the entire country and 1:1,000 maps of sixteen islands.<P> Republic of Maldives is a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, spreading north-south over 868km and covering 90,000km2, 99% of which is water. The land area consists of 1,192 islands populated by 280,000 (2001) people. At the turn of the millennium... (read more)
2008-07-09 12:00:00

Protecting Location Privacy Brings Opportunities to the Geosector

Since members of the geosector are well versed in potential applications of geoinformation and its fusion with other data sources, they are best equipped to devise and test technology-based solutions for location privacy-related challenges. That is the opinion of Dara Seidl, a young expert on geoprivacy, who won the first pan-American master’s thesis contest on geoinformation. (By Frédérique Coumans, contributing editor) Dara Seidl was selected by a jury of worldwide experts as the winner of the ‘Prize for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis in Cartography, Geodesy and Geo-Information 2015’ for her thesis titled ‘Striking the Balance: Privacy and Spatial Pattern Preservation... (read more)
2017-01-17 09:23:46

Let’s Make the World a Better Place with Maps

GIM International interviews Menno-Jan Kraak
Menno-Jan Kraak is the newly elected president of the International Cartographic Association (ICA). Cartographer Kraak is a professor in Geovisual Analytics and Cartography at the University of Twente, ITC in The Netherlands, and is a long-standing and active member of the organisation he now heads up. Over the next four years, Kraak will shape the policy of the ICA, striving to make further progress on the steps taken by his predecessor Georg Gartner while naturally also introducing some ideas of his own. His goal is to make the world a better place through maps. He recently shared his thoughts with... (read more)
2016-05-04 10:53:12

GNSS: Evolution or Revolution

Four Questions on the Status of GNSS
The market for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) has never looked so buoyant. Are we in the midst of a revolution or simply witnessing evolution pre-planned and destined to run its course? Two fictional respondents, the revolutionist and the evolutionist, here answer four pertinent questions.<P> GNSS applications are becoming mainstream and available in a growing number of devices. And improvements in the signals via new satellite systems and new technology such as secure user plane (SUPL) for wireless devices will improve reliability and functionality. Everyone would agree that there is a lot going on in GNSS. This is manifested in... (read more)
2008-02-19 12:00:00
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