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OGC opens debate on urban planning standards

  • 9 July 2014

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is forming a new working group to develop open source geospatial systems standards for urban development projects. Initiators of the OGC’s new group seek comments from stakeholders on its draft working group charter. The comment period closes 6 August 2014. Here’s the OGC rationale: A Smart City’ invests in human and social capital, physical infrastructure …..Read More

Global Earth Observations project extended to 2025

    Satellites contributing data imagery to the GEOSS vision.
  • 23 January 2014

Deniers of world climate science were nowhere to be seen in Geneva last week, when the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) launched its second decade of co-ordinating the global Earth observation system of systems (GEOSS). Several hundred senior government science officials and ministers celebrated GEOSS advances since GEO was established by the Group of Eight major nations in 2005. They …..Read More

Gravity’s new world order modelled at 200m resolution

    Arcs of positive (red) and negative (deep blue) discrepancies in the gravity field of Asia.
  • 22 December 2013

Perth and Munich satellite science researchers have produced the world’s first high-resolution global maps of discrepancies in the Earth’s gravity field. The new maps highlight unexpectedly large variations of free-fall gravity in different parts of the world – with the smallest discrepancies seen on a summit in the South American Andes and the largest near the North Pole. Strongly positive …..Read More

Call to create a Digital Earth education curriculum

    Sven Schade of the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.
  • 1 December 2013

Four scientists with the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) have suggested developing an international curriculum (course system) to educate future professionals about how to help deliver the Digital Earth (DE) vision. In a letter published in the November 2013 issue of the International Journal for Digital Earth, Tim Foresman, Yola Georgiadou, Sven Schade and Josef Strobl claimed that ‘the …..Read More

Global Studio: strategies for challenged communities

    global studio comms diag
  • 20 November 2013

Can a one page strategy diagram really fix all the challenges of the world’s under-privileged communities? Sceptics would say no. Yet it’s widely agreed that good communications among ‘stakeholders’ are vital to the success of all community development projects. The above diagram is a convincing summary of the main human transactions necessary to accelerate successful collaborations. It’s intended to guide …..Read More

Africa launches the first continental GEOSS system

    The border region of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda: ESA Envisat MERIS image/2012
  • 10 November 2013

Africa, the world’s second largest and driest continent, has launched a new space technology infrastructure plan for monitoring and solving its environmental challenges. Backed by 22 African nations and five African science organisations, the AfriGEOSS initiative will support the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)) project, which was founded by the G8 nations in 2005 and is co-ordinated in …..Read More

Scientists applaud GEO printings of D_City report

    D_CITY ebook GEO 2013 cover
  • 10 November 2013

International land surveying, geography, remote sensing and Earth observation (satellite) scientists are applauding the D_City: Digital Earth | Virtual Nations | Data Cities report. Online (originally as a preview for comment) since early 2012, the report now has been updated and printed via its sponsor, the Intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). GEO and the International Society for Digital Earth …..Read More

GEO sponsors first printings of D_City report

    barbara ryan
  • 15 September 2013

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva – including 90 nations and 67 global science organisations – has sponsored two print runs of the D_City manifesto: the world’s first comprehensive ‘snapshot’ report on GEO’s vision to establish a global Earth simulations system. Warmly received by several hundred geospatial scientists attending the latest International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) conference …..Read More

Urban Observatories updated with dynamic maps

    Exhibition image released by Esri to promote the Urban Observatory project.
  • 24 June 2013

A trio of American innovators – information architect Richard Saul Wurman, geographic systems entrepreneur Jack Dangermond and filmmaker Jon Kamen – are launching a new data visualisation system to compare conditions and activities across different cities. Exhibiting to around 15,000 attendees at this year’s Esri user conference in San Diego, 8-12 July 2013, the system is named after Wurman’s 1960s …..Read More

Geospatial futures report from the UN

    Vanessa Lawrence, Chief of UK Ordnance Survey, chaired the UN-GGIM Expert Committee.
  • 13 May 2013

More than 50 million ‘things’ will be connected online by 2020, claims an international committee of geospatial experts assembled by the United Nations’ Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) initiative. In a future trends report issued January 2013, the UN-GGIM includes ‘the internet of things’ as one of the main trends that will face its member states and international organisations over …..Read More