USGS Seeks Project Solicitations to Improve Digital Geospatial Data Infrastructure

USGS and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) formally have announced their request for proposals to support the 2007 National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP). With a total of US$1.2 million spread across five categories, the 2007 NSDI CAP will fund an estimated 26 innovative projects in the geospatial data community. Each project aims to build new and improve existing and infrastructure necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage and use digital geographic data. In 2006, NSDI CAP awarded a total of 24 projects, totalling a projected US$1.15 million. Individual projects like the web-based mapping service project... (read more)
2006-12-06 12:00:00

Legal Aspects of Geospatial Data-gathering in Space

Eyes in the Sky or Big Brother
This article presents a first overview of the legal issues involved in geospatial data-gathering in space. Matters of security and privacy must be resolved within a legal framework if satellite remote sensing is to achieve the status of ‘Eyes in the Sky’ for the benefit of mankind rather than a ‘Big Brother’ serving limited national purposes. Among methods of gathering geospatial data, the use of satellites (remote sensing, earth observation) is a particularly interesting one in view of its global coverage. In this area there have recently been a number of interesting developments, such as rapidly evolving plans for Global... (read more)
2005-08-16 12:00:00

Dielmo Provides Geospatial Back Office for UAV Data Acquisition

Dielmo 3D is offering its geospatial back-office services to UAV, helicopter, fixed-wing and mobile data acquisition companies. For geospatial data acquisition companies that may be new to Lidar and orthophoto mapping or may have a need for increased data production capacity, Dielmo offers complete Lidar and orthophoto production services, thus negating the need to invest in additional expert personnel, software licences and employee training before being able to produce industry-leading geospatial products. With the advent of UAV, Lidar and Imaging technologies, organisations looking to provide these services face the onerous prospect of hiring additional personnel, training, and purchase of software... (read more)
2015-04-08 09:41:03

Research Reveals Scope of Open Geospatial Data Across Europe

Open data is available from the majority of European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities (NMCAs), a new survey has found. Research by the Open European Location Services (ELS) Project reveals that 98% of respondents provide at least some of their data free of charge. Of these, 37% make all their data available under an open licence.  Whilst open data models vary, more than 85% provide view and search services, 72% enable downloads and 67% allow its re-use in products. Users include public authorities, public services, research and education as well as commercial companies. This survey provides a snapshot... (read more)
2017-12-06 11:24:18

TerraSAR-X Data and Solutions for Geospatial Community

ERDAS is to collaborate with Infoterra to develop operational applications for TerraSAR-X radar satellite imagery and strengthen the knowledge of SAR data analysis within the user community. The companies plan to work together to rationalise the plethora of data into clearly-defined application scenarios. A key component of this transition is dedicated software that enables the problem solver to extract the needed information from the imagery without deep domain knowledge. New sensors like TerraSAR-X offer high spatial resolution, excellent geometric accuracies, short revisit times and a variety of polarizations and imaging modes. At the same time, innovative techniques have been developed... (read more)
2010-09-17 12:00:00

Transforming Geospatial Data into Virtual Reality at INTERACT 2016

The industry keynote speaker has been announced for INTERACT – The Luciad User Conference 2016. Professor Henk Scholten of Dutch geospatial solutions provider Geodan will provide the industry keynote for the conference. Scholten’s presentation ‘Geocause – Connecting Futures to our Present’ will show how smart interactive 3D solutions can be used to engage users and enable organisations to plan for the future more effectively. Geodan has worked to develop Geocause, a system for building georeferenced virtual environments to engage stakeholders through building, displaying and sharing ideas and plans. Similar to the principles of Pokémon Go, the solution merges virtual worlds... (read more)
2016-09-06 03:33:00

On-Demand Geospatial Data in Public Sector Grows

The need for citizen self-services and increased transparency, combined with reduction around costs and inefficiency are driving wider mainstream adoption of location-based data, and fuelling the appetite for geospatial data on-demand in the UK public sector, according to Pitney Bowes Business Insight. The requirements of the 2009 INSPIRE regulations mean that all public authorities and public data holders are required by the end of 2010 to record specific location-based data in an online register. The INSPIRE Directive mandates how public sector organisations across Europe should share geospatial data, and is estimated to be worth USD243 million per annum. Spatial Data... (read more)
2010-07-26 09:41:13

Geospatial Data as a Core Instrument to Transform a Country

Interview with Borko Drašković, General Director of the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA), Serbia
After several turbulent decades, the Republic of Serbia is working towards a brighter future, including by radically transforming its geospatial information infrastructure. In fact, the country has received recognition for its reforms in the process of digitalization and economic development of the state. This confirms the role of geospatial data as a fundamental 21st-century resource with considerable potential for economic and social development of state and society. In this interview with Borko Drašković, general director of the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA), 'GIM International' takes a closer look at the achievements in Serbia, which can serve as an example for other... (read more)
2019-10-02 10:14:22

ASPRS Releases Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has announced the release of the new Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data. The new ASPRS accuracy standards fulfil a critical need for map users and map makers alike. For centuries, map scale and contour interval have been used as an indication of map accuracy. Users want to know how accurately they can measure different things on a map, and map makers want to know how accurate maps need to be in order to satisfy user requirements. Those contracting for new maps depend on some form of map accuracy standard... (read more)
2015-03-03 09:09:13

Zooming in on the Essentials of Geospatial Big Data

Big data is a much-discussed topic in the geospatial industry. What to do with all the petabytes of geospatial big data? 'GIM International' has selected a series of articles that zoom in on the various issues related to this topic, such as how the geospatial industry can play a key role in underpinning big data.  Start exploring the selected geospatial big data articles here. (read more)
2018-02-14 11:42:12
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