Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution is a free online class taught by Todd S. Bacastow of The Pennsylvania State University
Learn how the revolution in geospatial technology combined with the tradecraft of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) have changed how we develop insights about how humans use geography, and discover the power of GEOINT.
Join us for the exciting journey to learn about GEOINT’s application in business, law enforcement, and defense. Advances in satellites, GPS, unmanned aerial systems, wireless communications, handheld computing, and the ability to automate laborious map analysis processes has transformed what used to be called geographic intelligence, or GEOINT, and the nature of the insights provided to managers and leaders. GEOINT is more than just analysts working with GIS in a secure intelligence facility. We have gone from mountains of hardcopy maps to amazing automated systems that provide previously unavailable understanding. GEOINT helps us daily with real-time apps to guide decision making. GEOINT combines geographic information science and technologies with an analytic tradecraft. In this course you will experience the value of GEOINT. You will learn how to design and execute a geospatial analysis project using GEOINT tools and tradecraft. The course is designed for the individual who wants to learn the basics of GEOINT and it is not designed for the geospatial intelligence professional. We're eager to welcome you to the Revolution.
To determine the ebb and flow of city dwellers, public officials have typically resorted to looking around and counting. But now censuses can be taken every few milliseconds, as phones ping cellular networks and reveal their location.
FEATURE HTML5 and WebGL Technology Enable 3D Visualization Natively
HTML5 and WebGL technology have enabled 3D visualization on web and mobile, bringing to the net a new native content type accessible to the entire Internet audience. CL3VER is a cloud platform browser based that supports 3D content and offers a new experience for the user that generate more engagement and allows direct audience interaction with content. 3D also permits to makes complex information easy, avoiding misunderstanding and more realistic representation.
INTERVIEW Interview: 3D Real-time Intelligence In Harsh Environments
Neptec Technologies Corp. is focused upon 3D - 4D real-time robotic vision problems in harsh environments like mining and oil and gas. The company has patented 3D laser scanner technology including patented obscurant-penetrating technology, which is intended to support operations in dusty and less than ideal visual conditions. 3D Visualization World editor Jeff Thurston interviewed Mike Sekerka, CEO at Neptic Technologies Corp. to learn about the products and how 3D and visualization play an integral role in product development and applications.
Interview: UK Surveyors Combine 3D Sonar, Lasers and UAV For Land And Sea Surveying Applications
SABRE Land and Sea Ltd. is focused on 3D laser surveying and mapping oil and gas infrastructure facilities on land and offshore. The company also provides services to the utility and mining sectors. Unique to this company is the integration of sonar data from offshore work, which can now be integrated with 3D point cloud data. Stephen Ball, CEO of the company has also been fascinated with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) which has directly led to his developing and marketing original UAV products as part of the company services. 3D Visualisation World editor Jeff Thurston interviewed Mr. Ball to learn more about the Aberdeenshire based company.
Very High resolution imagery have been acquired with the purpose of homeland (world) Security for NGIA (formerly NGA.DMA) by DigitalGlobe (And by GeoEye before being acquired by DigitalGlobe) all the time and high resolution imagey are commercialized for R&D for homeland and for the rest of the world. Very high resolution means the latest payload (CCD, Radar, etc) which will be Worldview-3 in February 2015 whereas it is now Worlview-2 that will be downgraded to high resolution. It won't be possible enough to get WV3 imagey when it released as it haven't be today for WV2, since very high resolution is always dedicated to the main owner of the Satellite. On the other hand, Airbus (formerly Astrium) entered into Commercial market with distributed ground stations and going to take the lead by supplying Pleiades imagery (70 cm GSD) in a relatively much more shorter time as compared to DigitalGlobe which proves that Airbus is more commercial than DigitalGlobe. As for the SkyBox, this company is new and acquired by Google which means it will work for Google as DigitalGlobe does for NGIA. What I am wondering is whether Google with SkyBox will compete against DigitalGlobe And Airbus, or work for "Google maps"together with "solar drones" to spread internet, rather say "Google" in the whole world?
I have seen many instances lately where an organization starts down the road of developing a spatial data infrastructure (SDI), or a broader cyberinfrastructure, and ends up deploying only a GeoPortal. While the cataloguing of data sets and services is of importance, it hardly constitutes an SDI and, depending on how it is implemented, may not even be a good first step.
A 2006 ECAR study defined cyberinfrastructure as the coordinated aggregate of “hardware, software, communications, services, facilities, and personnel that enable researchers to conduct advanced computational, collaborative, and data-intensive research.” Harvey Blaustein, with Sandra Braman, Richard N. Katz, and Gail Salaway, “IT Engagement in Research” (Roadmap) (Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, July 2006), p. 2.
We extend the term “cyberinfrastructure” to refer to an assembly of software, with any associated hardware, that facilitates information sharing/exchange and supports the development of applications over a wide area network and involving multiple jurisdictions. If the cyberinfrastructure is primarily concerned with the sharing/exchange of geospatial information, we shall call it a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI).
This blog looks at the functional and architectural requirements of a cyberinfrastructure for information sharing, and compares these requirements with what is offered in a typical GeoPortal.
EU enhances commercial access to Earth observation data
Businesses and research institutions will soon have more reliable access to commercial earth observation satellite data, according to a proposal presented by the European Commission in Brussels today. It aims to ensure better access to high resolution earth observation satellite data (HRSD) in particular, which, together with HRSD-based applications, are an essential tool for environment monitoring, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources management and disaster and emergency management, as well as for security and defence. Today regulations governing commercial activities using HRSD differ between EU Member States. This situation creates obstacles to market development as it hampers access to data vital by related businesses: including data resellers, data processors, value-adding service providers and software developers. Today´s proposal aims to improve business conditions for such companies in Europe and to partially harmonise rules defining HRSD and related transparency and standards in the EU.
Devon Humphrey has worked on emerging technologies in GIS for the past three decades. When he became GIS manager for Lee County Appraisal District in Texas in 1991, he was one of the first to use GPS to georeference the county's aerial photo archive, which greatly improved the county's parcel management.
After working at Texas General Land Office on its oil spill prevention and response GIS, he joined Esri as a technical marketing representative while also teaching GIS for emergency response at Texas A&M University. Later, as a regional technical manager for Pictometry International Corp., he evangelized to ArcGIS users about the benefits of oblique aerial imagery technology.
City design, urban planning, offshore infrastructure, architecture, transportation systems and mining are just a few engineering and science applications that benefit from augmented reality throughout the lifecycle.
Geo Skills + is a European Commission funded project under DG Education and Culture, Leonardo da Vinci programme. It began in October 2013 and will run until October 2015.
The aim of this two-year project is to enable European countries to exchange best practices and innovation with each other regarding the mismatch between Europe’s geospatial vocational education and training and the geospatial labour market.
Exploring Geographic Information SystemsSimon Fraser University
Self-paced, available May 5, 2014 Cost per enrollment: Free
Exploring geographic information systems (GIS) is a self-paced course where participants will learn about GIS and how the technology is being used in the real world to support problem-solving and decision-making. Participants will create and manage spatial databases, produce well-designed maps, and undertake spatial data analysis using free online software tools. These activities require proficiency in fundamental computer and Internet skills.
Participants will have the opportunity to obtain digital badges throughout the course.
This course is offered through Canvas Network as a non-credit course created by Simon Fraser University. Students enrolled in only this course are not considered students of Simon Fraser University.
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