Posts Tagged ‘geospatial data’

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

Air Force Research Lab Turning to Semantic Tech for Solutions

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Ross Wilkers of reports, “The Air Force Research Laboratory is asking industry to submit white papers detailing ideas on how to anticipate, identify and track space threats through situational awareness and command and control. AFRL officials are interested in examining text extraction and semantic web technologies that are integrated with pattern learning and reasoning, anomaly detection and characterization of events, situations and assets as well as correlations of current events with past events, the laboratory said in a Sept. 9 FedBizOpps notice.” Follow the link for the full posting. Read more

Disaster Simulation Shows Benefits of Cloud-Based Geospatial Data


Rutrell Yasin of recently reported, “A government/industry consortium has demonstrated how to rapidly assemble and manage a cloud-based disaster response infrastructure that will let emergency responders share geospatial and other critical data despite having disparate IT systems. On Sept. 12, the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium led a real-time demonstration for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in McLean, Va., where 150 government and business leaders watched a disaster-response simulation based on the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In an effort to improve communication in  disaster response, NGA wanted to see how industry can deliver open standards-based geospatial data to first responders via multiple, interoperable cloud infrastructures that would let NGA share nonclassified information with mission partners but protect access to its sensitive information, said David Bottom, director of NGA Information Technology Services.” Read more

‘Semantic Annotations in OGC Standards’ Adopted as OGC Best Practice

The Open Geospatial Consortium reports that the organization has adopted Semantic annotations in OGC standards as an OGC Best Practice. The article states, “OGC standards provide standard ways of locating and transporting network-resident geospatial data and ways of locating and invoking geospatial services. Without proper descriptions of these resources, however, use of the resources is limited to small user groups. To make a geospatial resource more widely discoverable, assessable and useful, resource providers must annotate the resource with descriptive metadata that can be read and understood by a broad audience. Without such metadata, people will neither be able to find the resource using search engines nor will they be able to evaluate if the discovered resource satisfies their current information need.” Read more

Tom Sawyer Software Now Supports Oracle Fusion Middleware MapViewer

According to a new article, “Tom Sawyer Software, the premier provider of software for building high-performance data visualization and social network analysis applications, announces the company’s product roadmap for supporting online geospatial data services. The first of these services to be provided is the Oracle Fusion Middleware MapViewer. Tom Sawyer Software‘s support of web-based geospatial services is in response to the growing need for visual analysis applications that integrate geospatial data with business data. With the added support for Oracle MapViewer, Tom Sawyer Software customers can now more quickly integrate complex data from disparate sources with different geospatial data services in their visual analysis applications.” Read more

Geotagging and MetaCarta

A recent article provides an introduction to Thetus Corporation’s MetaCarta tool and underscores the value of geotagging. The article begins, “Context is everything when it comes to modeling what people do and why they do it. Geospatial context is one of the cornerstones of cultural and human ecosystem modeling and analysis. We are working on allowing analysts to build general concept models that can be reused and shared with the ability to add geospatial and cultural context. Take the concept of ‘wealth’– the general models or concepts for wealth are fairly consistent across the world, however, the specific dynamics vary widely from place to place.” Read more