Posts Tagged ‘geo data’

DataArt Announces ORANGE – the Missing Piece in Nutrition Tracking


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DataArt, a leading custom software development company that builds advanced solutions for select industries, today announced the first results of DataArt ORANGE, a series of research and development projects that aim to automate the tracking of users’ nutrition habits. The DataArt ORANGE program automatically tracks calorie information by scanning photographs of food. DataArt ORANGE technology can currently recognize over 100 foods with an 85% success rate. Read more

Driving New Revenue with Geospatial Data


Mark van Rijmenam of Big Data Startups recently wrote, “Geospatial data is data that identifies a geographic location on Earth, such as natural or constructed features, oceans, and more. The data is generally stored as coordinates and topology and can be mapped. Geospatial data is all around us and it is growing at a staggering pace of 20% per year. McKinsey Global Institute estimated that location data level stood at 1 petabyte in 2009, excluding data from RFID tags. Geospatial data is created by a vast array of different applications such as satellites, digital cameras, wearables, smartphones, radars, sensor networks, cars, trucks, trains and other transportation. With trends such as the quantified-self, the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet the amount of geospatial data will grow exponentially in the coming years and you can harness this data to better serve your customers.” Read more

NASA Turns to Charles River Analytics to Detect Volcanic Eruptions, Storms


Sara Castellanos of Biz Journals reports, “Charles River Analytics on Thursday announced a contract to develop technology for NASA that detects volcanic eruptions, storms and algae blooms from satellite imagery. The Cambridge, Mass.-based firm develops computational intelligence technology, which is used to interpret data for the purpose of improving decision-making in real-time. The NASA contract is for a system called DIPSARS, or the Discover of Interesting Patterns and Semantic Analysis in Remote Space. The contract is valued at $125,000.” Read more

A Look Inside CWI’s Online Fire Monitoring Service


A new article out of the organization reports, “In cooperation with European research partners, researchers of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam have developed the technical infrastructure of an online fire monitoring service. The application is developed for the detection of forest fires and is available now for expert users. The European research project called TELEIOS, was funded by the European Union and lasted from 2010 to 2013.” Read more

NASA Moves to the Cloud


Kathleen Hickey of reports, “NASA’s OpenNEX is one of the latest federal research projects moving to the cloud to improve collaboration with the academic, public and private sectors. In doing so, the space agency is using Amazon Web Services to make terabytes worth of climate and Earth science data available to researchers, app developers, academia and the public. The first data sets became available in March and include temperature, precipitation and climate change projections, as well as data processing tools fromNASA’s Earth Exchange (NEX), a research and collaboration platform from  NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center in California.” Read more

Google Maps Is Becoming More Emotional

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Dan Farber of CNet recently wrote, “For Google, the map of the future is taking everything it knows about you and the world and plotting it in real-time as you move through your life. ‘We can build a whole new map for every context and every person,’ said Bernhard Seefeld, product management director for Google Maps, speaking at the GigaOm Roadmap 2013 conference. ‘It’s a specific map nobody has seen before, and it’s just there for that moment to visualize the data.’ Like the early days of map making that told stories of discovery and created more of an emotional connection with the unfolding world, Google wants to build what Seefeld called ‘emotional maps that reflect our real life connections and peek into the future and possibly travel there’.” Read more

Ordnance Survey’s Linked Data Service Proving Popular

A recent article in Directions Magazine reports, “The enhanced Linked Data service, which provides more flexibility and ease when using the free geographic datasets, is proving popular with hundreds of developers already accessing datasets and the new features. In the first month the new site received over 5,000 visits and 13,000 page views. Ordnance Survey began to explore the world of Linked Data following the launch of OS OpenData in April 2010. Early developments in this specialist field saw the national mapping authority publish a number of OS OpenData products as Linked Data, including the 1:50 000 Scale GazetteerCode-Point Open and the administrative geography for Great Britain taken from Boundary-Line.” Read more

Digilant Releases Audience Targeting System, Digiliant Multicultural

According to a new article out of the company, “Digilant™, the leading consolidated media-buying platform, today announced the release of Digilant Multicultural, a marketing system designed to pinpoint specific audiences including U.S. Hispanic, African American, Asian, and LGBT. Digilant Multicultural uses semantic language, geographic information, and other proprietary attributes to match an advertiser’s preferred audience in real-time to video, display, and mobile advertising placements. ‘Digilant Multicultural helps brands zero in on a very specific audience, which is arguably the most difficult point of any campaign,’ said Rafael Hernandez, vice president of multicultural initiatives at Digilant. ‘We’ve created a system that allows brands to better reach a defined audience and better value those members to increase overall advertising efficiency’.” Read more

Open Data in UK Schools

A recent article discusses some of the ways in which open data is being utilized by higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom. The writer begins, “One of the Good Things about open data is that with the data being open, there’s less pressure to lock down or restrict access to any of the apps that might build on top it. Whilst some open data initiatives are based around dumping partial, broken or unmaintained datasets ‘just because’, other open data initiatives are actually using open data as part of a workflow, where the publication of the open data can be seen as opening up a window onto, and tap into, a working data pipeline… A couple of recent announcements show how universities are start to actually put their open data to work through location based services. Yesterday saw the appearance of the Southampton OpenData map, as developed by postgrad Colin William et al.” Read more

SKOS and Geography

A recent interview with Marcus Ebner, a geologist working as a domain expert in knowledge management at the Geological Survey of Austria sheds some light on semantics and data management. The article begins, “The Geological Survey of Austria is a public sector research institution that is affiliated with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research and as such the premier advisory body for the Austrian Government for geosciences. The core program covers diverse activities in a wide range of geosciences, such as geoscientific mapping, basic research, environmental monitoring including natural resources and water management and maintenance of extensive databases and archives. PoolParty Team had the chance to talk with Mr. Ebner about the role of SKOS and other standards in the context of the INSPIRE Directive and other scenarios for data harmonisation.” Read more