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

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

Geospatial Data in Support of 3D Cadastre

Zooming in on Recent Technical Developments
The urbanization trend is leading to an increasing number of people living in cities, thus also placing new demands on cadastral registration. To be able to register the complex infrastructures and built-up areas properly, the cadastre will need to consider the third spatial dimension. The 3D cadastre is based on 3D parcels (spatial units) which are single volumes (or multiple volumes) of space. Although the technology offers numerous possibilities for implementation of the 3D cadastre, there are still some open issues, as this article explains. We live in a three-dimensional world. Over the past decades, there have been an increasing... (read more)
2019-05-22 08:21:03

Geospatial World: the World <i>Is</i> Geospatial

Communication Key Challenge for Near Future
In the vibrant city of San Francisco 1,250 professionals from 56 countries joined the 2005 edition of Intergraph’s user conference Geospatial World, held from 25th to 28th April. This year’s event drew more attendees then ever and provided many opportunities to look at the future of geospatial. More attendees every year – this means that the conference and technical programmes must appeal to visitors. And indeed, enthusiastic and dynamic conversations filled the whole of the Hilton Hotel during Geospatial World, a name that is itself almost becoming a trademark. Participants were able to update their knowledge by attending more than... (read more)
2005-07-14 12:00:00

Intergraph Geospatial 2014 Launched

Intergraph, USA, has launched Intergraph Geospatial 2014, which builds upon the foundation introduced in 2013. This release provides enhanced analytical tools, mobile support and tremendous cost savings associated with managing big data. The portfolio includes GeoMedia, ERDAS IMAGINE, ImageStation, ERDAS APOLLO, GeoMedia Smart Client, GeoMedia WebMap, Geospatial Portal, Geospatial SDI, Intergraph Mobile MapWorks and Intergraph Mobile Alert. Key enhancements built within Intergraph Geospatial 2014 are: Create Customised Analytics: users can leverage highly intuitive spatial modelling for creating powerful data analysis once, and repeat it indefinitely. In addition, the new spatial modeller allows users to work with point clouds and other... (read more)
2014-01-07 09:14:03

Autodesk Enhances Geospatial Solutions

Autodesk, Inc. (CA, USA) has released enhancements to its AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 and AutoCAD Raster Design 2008 geospatial software products, which further improve the integration of geospatial data by planning, engineering and operations personnel in utilities and municipal governments. AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 includes new FDO features to improve users' ability to access and share data more effectively, regardless of its location or file type. Key enhancements in the latest release include: -         Faster access to data using FDO data access technology -- up to 90% faster. -         Capacity for more powerful analysis and visualisation of GIS and CAD... (read more)
2007-02-13 10:43:15

Blockchain in Geospatial Applications

What is a blockchain and how is it relevant for 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 is already being used in some geospatial applications, as explained here. (By Jonas Ellehauge, awesome map tools, Norway) As an immutable registry for transactions of digital tokens, blockchain is suitable for geospatial applications involving data that is sensitive or a public good, autonomous devices and smart contracts. Use Cases Here are some geospatial... (read more)
2016-10-06 09:13:54

3D Geospatial Challenge

Zebra Imaging, USA, is to conduct its first 3D Geospatial Challenge. Sponsorship of this 3D Geospatial Challenge is intended to encourage participants from the GIS community to use the company's software tools and print services to portray their GIS data using holographic technology. Zebra's visualisation ZScape product contributes to spatial understanding and communication.   The 3D Geospatial Challenge kicks off just prior to the Esri Federal GIS conference held 22nd to 24th February 2012 in Washington, D.C. As an Esri Business Partner, Zebra Imaging will be exhibiting 3D prints to demonstrate to the GIS community how to leverage the power and technology... (read more)
2012-02-21 09:47:00

Trimble Creates Geospatial Division

Geo-3D, RolleiMetric, TopoSys, and INPHO have merged to create Trimble's GeoSpatial Division to provide sensors, systems, solutions, and professional services to the global geospatial industry. Trimble's GeoSpatial business delivers solutions in 3 key areas: Photogrammetry and LIDAR; Roads, Highways and Rail; Utilities and Energy for Transmission & Distribution.     Trimble's GeoSpatial Division offers data collection and information processing productivity solutions for: Capturing georeferenced data Extracting features and attributes Analyzing conditions and changes Managing assets and operations Integrating geospatial data into an enterprise system     (read more)
2009-06-23 11:07:38

Geospatial Technology Update

ESRI and GIS Development will present free seminars to mapping agencies in Southeast Asia. The Geospatial Technology Update seminars will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Manila, Philippines; from January 2010. The seminars will outline technology trends in the geospatial community including how to take advantage of the Web 2.0 environment, the integration of topographic and remotely sensed data, and how to best offer published data via cloud computing.    Mapping agencies in Southeast Asia face many challenges including fulfilling the growing demand for geospatial services from traditional users, such as governmental agencies... (read more)
2010-01-05 09:22:00
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