On Day 2 and 3 at the Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014, speakers were putting emphasis on new opportunities of collaboration, actions and technology development aligned with the need for a new Geomatics business strategy plan for Canada based on the initiatives emerging elsewhere (e.g. INSIPIRE, US Geospatial Platform Business Plan and Strategic Plan 2014-2016).
Based on this first Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014, Canadian industry is in a good position on the “location” global world. It has being said by Mohamed Abousalem of Tecterra: the Geomatics economic sector in Canada (because of its large territory and low density of people) representing over 20% on the global market, 2.8 billions revenue, 2500 companies, 35 000 employees and has a 15% annual growth. In this context, a clear National strategy for the years to come needs to connect all those assets together. However, the Geomatics Canadian community is at critical stage (e.g. Tecterra 2010-2014, GEOIDE and GeoConnections programs are ended) and needs to initiate a new cycle of development to reinvented himself. If this community still want to keep up his good position on this competitive market, it needs new intelligent and agile collaboration / partnership models to stay one of the top leaders and continue to build upon what has been accomplished by the missed Roger Tomlinson (Canadian inventor of modern Geographic Information System) and others since 1960’s. Thanks to this first Geospatial Advancement Canada edition, with its more than 140 participants, for having discussion and identifying challenge related to the role of Geospatial Intelligence and Geomatics managers in the development of a new Strategy that is looking ahead to build a new cycle.
We knew this was coming, and now it's here. Wired shares an article named Incredible HD Video of Earth From Space Brings Maps to Life. We enter in a new era of space-based remote sensing. You can also learn more directly from Skybox's HD video website. What isn't clear to me at this point is the current delay they can offer between capture of the video and the delivery to customer - this delay will certainly shorten over time.
From the Wired article: "The video above was taken by a satellite, from space. It has enough resolution to watch individual cars move down the road and identify specific planes at the Beijing airport. The footage is from Skybox Imaging, a company that has just started offering customers 90-second video of any point on Earth from its SkySat-1 satellite, upping the ability to monitor what’s going on down here on Earth from space. [...] “What’s exciting now is being able to put the video directly on a map,” said Mapbox CEO Eric Gunderson. “They’re an awesome data source, and we have an awesome API that can digest that data.” [...] “What’s exciting now is being able to put the video directly on a map,” said Mapbox CEO Eric Gunderson. “They’re an awesome data source, and we have an awesome API that can digest that data.”"
This Monday started the Geospatial Advancement Canada 2014 conference. The conference aims at discussing Geospatial trends around a National Geospatial Strategy for Canada.
If you would like to follow the conference discussion on Twitter, search this tag: #gcan14.
Here are some of the main speakers and key elements of presentations held on Monday:
Based on the presentations made on Monday, the concept toward "built in collaboration" and "Service Oriented Architecture" is likely to be the way of doing things in the GeoSpatial world, in which at the same time the development of open and big data seems to overwhelm GIS managers and public users, but challenges the data skills of the tech guys for the good!
Slashgeo as media partner of this event will publish other articles this week on other hot topics of the conference.
Following extensive flooding in the UK there is increasing pressure on the Environment Agency, the government agency tasked with national flood protection, to release open data rather than charging licence fees. These are major geo datasets which effect much of the UK population.
A 'Floodhack' hack day was held at Google Campus, London 16 Feb in conjunction with the EA, the Open Data Institute, and the Cabinet Office. This gained a lot of mainstream press such as the BBC and The Guardian.
During the hack the EA released some of its flood warning feeds for 3 months. Now there are calls by open data activists to go further.
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode. I've been struggling with many fires, I currently publish much less frequently than usual, but don't worry, everything major is in there!
From the open source / open data front:
From the Esri front:
From the Google front:
Discussed over Slashdot:
In the everything-else category:
In the maps category:
ESRI Australia and The Australian National Library have produced an interactive story maps of some significant maps pertaining to the discovery of and mapping of Australia http://mappingourworld.esriaustralia.com.au/
For those not aware Australia was "officially" settled in 1788 by Captain James Cook but there is much confusion to how they came looking for the "great southern land". Some say the Dutch others say the Spanish or Portuguese maps lead to this rush and the British colonized in 1788 with ships full of convicted criminals or convicts.
Bloggage update: I originally posted CLIWOC (CLImatological database for the World's OCeans) ship's captain's logs location data as uploads to the web. This 250K point data-set is now posted direct to web for easier access on AWS via GeoCloud2 stack. Again, this is only the ships' location data: as per its name, there is scope to add climate data from CLIWOC direct-to- web... so important these days to document climate change using a global dataset from 150 - 250 years ago!
SCALGO Live Global provides a unique way of understanding the effect of global topography (mountains, valleys, etc.) on the flow of surface water and flood risk. This is possible through interactions with SCALGO's analysis on a big data representation of the earth's surface. SCALGO is making the analysis freely available to the public.
Due to advances in data acquisition technology, detailed and accurate–and thus very big–terrain data is increasingly becoming available. However, much of the data's potential is in the analysis that it enables, and the knowledge that can be extracted from this analysis. SCALGO Live Global illustrates some of the benefits of the technology using the 60 billion element, near-global, three arc-seconds (90-meter at the equator) resolution SRTM dataset made available by NASA.
There's already numerous apps to map our immediate environment in 3D with current smartphones, but this new Google project goes beyond, and because it's Google, the adoption potential of obviously significantly increased. MacRumors offers a nice summary along with several links in a story named Google Launches 'Project Tango' 3D-Mapping Smartphone.
From the official Project Tango site: "Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you. [...] What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?"
Here's the 3-minutes video introducing Project Tango.
Most of our readers were already aware of the new Google Maps interface available in beta for quite some time already, as of yesterday, the new Google Maps is there for everybody.
The highlights according to the announcement:
Here's the 2-minutes video presenting the new Google Maps. It's a significant improvement over the version we're used to.