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London swings to Big Data

    A chaotic scene at DataScienceLondon's 24-hour 'hackathon' challenge for coders.
  • 2 May 2013

London is pulsing with ‘Big Data’ action groups and ‘meetups’ for young professionals to test new skills and ventures from mining, manipulation, analysis and graphic presentation of statistics. Shoreditch (a revitalising area in the old Cockney and neo-Olympics Docklands zone) has been selected by London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, and the UK Government’s trade and innovation agencies to be the hub …..Read More

Earthly scenes from space: on show in Austria

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  • 23 April 2013

Awesome movies of the Earth, filmed from the International Space Station, are central to a new Austrian exhibition promoting the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (aka Digital Earth) vision. Launching this week at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, the In Touch with the Earth exhibition includes NASA’s 3D Worldwind program, scanning the Earth in unusually high resolution and …..Read More

China to integrate mapping by 2020

  • 21 April 2013

China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation has announced a 2020 deadline to integrate its systems for modelling the nation’s behaviours across land, underground, sea, air and outer space. The Administration’s Deputy Director, Li Pengde, has told the Xinhua News Agency that the future national system will include surveying vehicles and vessels, medium and low-altitude remote sensing mapping platforms, …..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

Obama’s Executive powers for climate efficiencies

  • 22 March 2013

United States President Barack Obama has threatened to use his Executive legal powers to reduce pollution, speed adoption of sustainable energy sources and prepare US communities for the consequences of climate change – responding to deliberate blockages of climate response measures at Congress. Columbia University law professor Michael B. Gerrard has written an ‘expert analysis’ of the legal options open …..Read More

Appointing national nodes for the UN’s climate technology network

  • 16 March 2013

VIRTUAL NATIONS AND NETWORKS | The United Nations’ Climate Change Secretariat has asked its member countries to appoint ‘national designated entities’ (NDEs) to be their nodes in the global ‘climate technology network’ that it is starting to help accelerate solutions to environmental challenges. Deadline for nominations is 29 March 2013. The new network will be managed by the United Nations …..Read More

Urban observations: a new task for GEO

    Satellite surveying of building stock in Sa'ana, capital of Yemen, for the European Community's Global Human Settlements Layer; a new urban contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems project. (EC JRC.)
  • 7 December 2012

CITY INFORMATION MODELLING | The Group on Earth Observations in Geneva (GEO) has launched a new task on global urban observations and modelling in its 2012-2015 Workplan towards its Global Earth Observation System of Systems project. Co-ordinated by Professor Qihao Weng of Indiana State University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Change, the project’s key priorities are: —Conduct global urban analyses, …..Read More

ISDE launches Linked In group

  • 7 December 2012

VIRTUAL NETWORKS | Nearly 500 fans of geospatial technologies have joined the Linked In group set up to promote the International Society for Digital Earth Summit held in Wellington during September 2012. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/International-Society-Digital-Earth-1977078/about

London launch of showcase for city solutions

  • 22 November 2012

London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, has opened the world’s largest exhibition and conference centre devoted exclusively to debating and highlighting contemporary challenges and solutions for planning and managing cities. Funded and operated by Siemens, the Munich-headquartered global technology systems consortium, The Crystal pavilion at Royal Victoria Docks was custom-designed by London architects Wilkinson Eyre and is accessorised by a cable car …..Read More

A Manifesto for Cities from UN-Habitat

  • 3 September 2012

View of Naples from the Castello St Elmo. [shutterstock]   Nairobi-based administrators of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign have launched a new Manifesto for Cities during the 2012 World Urban Forum in Naples. Prepared with input from leaders of diverse member groups of the World Urban Campaign steering committee, the multilingual document clarifies 15 statements and goals; in summary: We affirm …..Read More