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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

Gravity’s new world order modelled at 200m resolution

  • 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

Africa launches the first continental GEOSS system

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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