Openness, Certainty and Ambition

Dorine Burmanje has chaired the board of management of the Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) since 2004. “We strive for excellent quality, low costs and a high degree of customer satisfaction,” she says. “Kadaster wants to be the supplier of property and geographic information in the Netherlands, and the leading supplier in Europe.”<P> Could you outline Kadaster mission and ambitions? Our mission is to promote legal certainty in the movement of real estate within society, including ships and aircraft, to optimise geographic infrastructure, and to effectively keep society informed in these areas for social, legal and economic... (read more)
2008-07-09 12:00:00

GSDI: Twelve Years, Ten Conferences

GIM International Interviews Past President Jarno Ratia
Jarmo Ratia, CEO, National Land Survey of Finland, left office as president of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association during the tenth conference, held from 25th to 29th February 2008 in Trinidad and Tobago. As past president he remains a member of the three-person executive board. We discussed with him the SGDI mission, its achievements and future.<P> What prompted the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) concept?   Tens of years ago the value was already understood of collecting data just once and transferring it through a network to other potential users. Considerable savings would thus be achieved. The next... (read more)
2008-04-11 12:00:00

Geomatics for Cultural Heritage Preservation

3D Recording, Documentation and Management
Geomatics technology is playing an increasingly powerful and invaluable part in recording, visualising and digitally reconstructing cultural heritage resources for preservation and management purposes. New tools have appeared in the past decades including laser scanning, rapid prototyping, RGB-D sensors, high dynamic range imaging, spherical and infrared imaging, mobile mapping systems, UAS-based imaging, augmented and virtual reality and computer rendering in multiple dimensions. Read on for some international examples of practical applications. (By Efstratios Stylianidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Fabio Remondino, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Italy) Cultural heritage conservation relates to maintaining objects, architecture or historic places in their current state in order... (read more)
2016-02-29 05:22:40

What is Geomatics?

[email protected] provides Some answers
As the only educational institution offering a BSc (Hons) course in Geomatics (Surveying and Mapping) in the whole of the Republic of Ireland, the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has noted a severe lack of awareness of what Geomatics encompasses both as a discipline and as a potential career. New marketing initiatives, including the use of an animated video on social networking sites, aim to ensure the survival of the course by informing potential Geomatics students about both the profession in general and the specific opportunities at DIT.   The Department of Spatial Information Sciences (DSIS) at the Dublin Institute... (read more)
2011-09-21 03:12:06

Staying Debt-free Gives Us the Freedom to Do the Right Thing

GIM International Interviews Jack Dangermond
“Staying private and debt-free gives us a level of freedom to do the right thing that we would never have in a heavily-leveraged company or public company,” Jack Dangermond states in this interview. He has been exposed to entrepreneurship from a very early age. “Success requires a sustainable revenue model, that is more money coming in than going out. This sounds simple but you would be surprised how few people understand this when starting a business.” He considers himself lucky to have discovered the world of computational geography and to have developed it into a technology that helps people apply... (read more)
2014-11-03 10:13:06

Survey and GIS in San Diego

Everyone forms their own impressions of San Diego, but for surveyors and GIS folks in the Summer, it means the largest geospatial event in the world, the ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit combined with the ESRI International User Conference. The 28th annual User Conference (UC) came in early August with the theme ‘Building New Opportunities’, the bulk of the Survey Summit running as prelude the previous weekend. The summit drew over four hundred attendees, a roughly 8% increase over last year. Both conferences featured a trade show. The summit also includes the Survey and Leadership Forum, actually, a Special... (read more)
2008-11-11 12:00:00

First the Proper Questions

GIM International Interviews Drs Yola Georgiadou and Jantien Stoter, ITC, Enschede, The Netherlands
Geo-information infrastructures (GII) are widely promoted as the geographic realm of public electronic governance (e-governance). Although GIIs have been hailed as a resounding success, researchers and others seem to agree that 85% of e-governance initiatives in developing countries are either a complete or partial failure. So it is pertinent to challenge the use of geo-ICT in public-governance processes. We asked this month’s interviewees to reflect on this and received in return clarification on the open issues. Much effort has been invested over the past decade in establishing geo-information infrastructures (GII) at (inter-)national, regional and local level to support processes of... (read more)
2007-07-07 12:00:00

Optimism about Land Rights for All

An International Department within a Cadastral Organisation is a Form of Maturity
The way in which land rights are registered in The Netherlands is internationally renowned. The relevant national agency, Kadaster, has extensive knowledge and skills regarding land registration, land consolidation and geographic information. Kadaster believes it has a social responsibility to apply its knowledge and skills in any country where they are needed. Registered rights give owners legal security, so sound land registration is an instrument for economic development and better living conditions. In this interview, 'GIM International' talks to Kees de Zeeuw, the enthusiastic manager of Kadaster International which handles the organisation’s international consultancy activities. Kees, could you introduce Kadaster International to our readers? Kadaster... (read more)
2017-06-08 08:42:12

Saving the World the Brazilian Way

GIM International Interviews Gilberto Câmara
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has been reduced from 27,000km2 in 2004 to 6,500 km2 in 2010, thanks to the earth observation technologies of that country’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). And, as an emerging economy, Brazil should also contribute to the world’s environment, thinks INPE director Gilberto Câmara. He wants to export successful monitoring methods to other endangered regions, such as Africa and Asia. Câmara shared with GIM his sense of engagement and vision for the future. What projects are you working at INPE at the moment? Our team is working hard on a release of TerraLib... (read more)
2011-06-28 03:43:37

At the Forefront of the Digital Transition

GIM International talks to Thomas Harring, president of Hexagon Geosystems and CEO of Leica Geosystems
Thomas Harring started in his position as president of Hexagon Geosystems and CEO of Leica Geosystems in early 2020. The year took a sudden and very unexpected turn when the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic threw a spanner in the works. However, Harring emphasizes that the geospatial industry should use the momentum of the ‘new normal’ to further accelerate the sector’s ongoing transformation towards more customer-centric and autonomous digital solutions. How would you summarize the current state of the geospatial industry? Despite the undeniably terrible consequences of the current pandemic, the geospatial industry has not lost any of its importance... (read more)
2020-10-08 03:04:01
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