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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

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

Copenhagen will HQ the UN’s technology network

  • 31 March 2013

The United Nations has agreed with the Danish Government to manage from Copenhagen the UN’s emerging Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). This is one of two key agencies beginning to lead the ‘Technology Mechanism’ for global climate change solutions that was announced during the Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009 and launched at the following conference in Cancun, Mexico, …..Read More