55. Geospatial Friday - An Essential Review


It's time again to review some previous posts on the people, places and ideas that are helping to shape the geospatial industry. If I have missed anything then please give a shout out in the comments section.


38. Jen Fitzpatrick, Google

Back in July we looked at one of many female leaders who are driving the mapping revolution. Jen Fitzpatrick is the VP of Geo, Local & Maps and is based in the company's HQ in San Francisco. As one of Google's earliest members Jen is behind initiatives to build maps into every aspect of the business.





39. Career Specialization (Russian Style)

Geographers, geospatialists and other 'geos' are the most sought after generalists of the modern world. If you are a geographer who is considering the dilemmas of career specialisation then maybe you could learn a few things from the celebrated Russian geographer and statistician Pyotr Semyonov-Tian-Shansky. Pytor (1827 – 1914) helped to advance quantitative geographic research techniques and was also a keen botanist, mountaineer and art collector. A true geo and generalist.


40. Pokémon Go reinvents Spatial Planning


Something interesting has occurred in over past few months. The IT, gaming and geospatial worlds have started to melt together in a way that is likely to have a big impact on the spatial planning field. If you are a fan of augmented reality, mobile devices, maps and planning then these three posts are for you. Part 2 and Part 3.


43. Reflections and Industry Predictions from a 400 yr old Shark


Figuring out the difference between Mercator and spherical projections has never been easy. This post includes insights on this topic as well as some industry predictions from a 400-year-old Greenland shark.


44. An Essential Data Management Perspective

Data management can make or break a business and this is especially the case in the geospatial industry. In this post Aaron Kreag, a Regional Sales Manager in the asset management field, provides some valuable insights for GIS professionals, data custodians and educators.





45. Well if McKinsey is saying so...

When big management consultancies like McKinsey and Company say something then it's worth paying attention. A recent McKinsey report identified geospatial technology as one of the three categories of digital technologies which are helping to transform the oil and gas industry. If you are interested in distribution, planning and route optimisation then this is for you.



46. What Really Happened at the G20

Unconfirmed rumours have been floating around that the recent G20 summit held in China had a geospatial focus. If this is true then pertinent global issues may be better managed by world leaders in the future.





47. GEO - Group on Earth Observations


The Group on Earth Observations is a voluntary partnership of governments and organizations whose members include the European Commission, the OECD, the OGC, the World Bank, Unesco, and OpenStreetMap. The group has the following agenda:

"To realize a future where decisions and actions, for the benefit of humankind, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observation information and services."

Learn more about this exciting organisation.


48. Bill & Melinda Gates may soon change the Geo World

This post discusses a recent initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance geospatial capacity-building and technology in 39 Sub-Saharan African countries. While the initiative's specific objectives are humanitarian in nature, it is likely to help drive geospatial education and innovation throughout this massive continent.


49. Something IoT should know

Australia is moving on up in the world. Literally...

According to a recent article by the New York Times this continent is sitting on a tectonic plate which are shifting at a slightly faster pace than others. This post discusses some of the factors which the IoT industry will need to consider as a result of this geological change as well as the work by Geoscience Australia to help ensure continued accuracy of its national datum system.




50. Is Artificial Geospatial Intelligence the Next Big Thing?


The recently announced Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society indicates that the IT and geospatial sectors are starting to cosy up to one another so that they can begin to imagine future sci-fi-like realities. This exciting partnership is focused on developing best practices for AI systems and on raising public awareness about this new technological realm.


51. Is this the Industry's Biggest Challenge?

The most challenging task for a geographer is often in terms of explaining what the subject is about to non-geo folk. This post illustrates a popular quote on this topic by the American author Ken Jennings. It may be something to keep in mind for the next time you are making cocktail party small talk.



52. This German Lidar Initiative is leading the way

Oktoberfest celebrations are likely to extend much longer than expected thanks to some recent good news. The North Rhine-Westphalia State will, from early 2017, provide free lidar data for Europe's biggest metropolitan area. You can expect to see alot of geospatial innovation coming from this state as a result.


53. Halloween Special

Late last month, geospatialists were under attack from ghastly office creatures such as the dreaded zombie (above). Reader discretion is advised - This one is terrifying.


54. Transit Mapping: A Smart Route for GIS


With Uber recently deciding to developing its own mapping system it's fair to say that transit mapping could be the next big thing in the GIS world. This post briefly discusses topics such as Smart Transportation Systems, IoT, Big Data, and UAVs.


Global Geospatial Organisations Mapped


A recently launched initiative to map geospatial organisations across the world has received big interest so far. If you would like your organisation to be included and promoted then please click here to add your own pin to the map.