This week's post is a recap on some of the recent ‘Geospatial Friday’ posts. Geospatial Friday is a blog on the emerging world of geospatial technology and information - it’s released on a Friday because the subject is right up at the edge of the working week, closer to the future than any of the other weekdays. Each week the blog has focused on the people and groups which are helping to drive home the geospatial message to the modern professional.
#23. On April 1st we were joined by none other than rap artist Kanye West who explained why he is adding GIS as a new tool to his artistic studio.
Post #24. introduces a not-for-profit body called the Open Geospatial Consortium which is helping to develop the information interoperability standards necessary in the connected age.
Post #25 introduces a true ‘Geo’ academic named Ellen Semple Churchill. Ms Churchill was the first female President of the Association of American Geographers and her ideas on the relationship between humans and nature informed many analytical skillsets which we now take for granted.
Post #26 focuses on how geospatial technology is now being encouraged at hackathons - events which are traditionally associated with pure IT/coding skillsets. The event mentioned in this post demonstrates how mapping technology can be utilised in order to meet industry requirements.
In a slightly offbeat manner, post #27 examines how certain 'Game of Thrones' characters could benefit from using GIS in order to overcome some of their personal and collective challenges.
In post #28 Serge Wroclawski introduces a powerful open-source alternative to well known web-mapping systems and explains some of it's key differences (including user privacy).
Post #29 compares the triumphant season which Leicester City FC had in the English Premier League with the promise which geospatial technology provides. It includes a link to a specially designed webmap which any football manager or player (such as Riyad Mahrez) could benefit from.
In post #30 we look at the ‘Connected Cow’ technological phenomenon which is sweeping through the world of agriculture. The post explores some of the overlap between the Internet of Things trend and geospatial technology.
Post #33 provides a brief review of a recent talk on GIS which I delivered in Vilnius, Lithuania. A very big thank you to the government representatives who attended this event.
In post #34. we hear from Alistair McLenan of Guilford, UK who made a strong argument on the importance of continued UK participation in European geospatial activities.
In post #35. we review the recent OGC 99th Technical Meeting which was held in Ireland. At this event members from the global business, academic, NGO and government communities debated, innovated and socialised during the bright summer days and evenings.
#36. In keeping with recent Independence Day celebrations, last week we were joined by Tim Hayes, the GIS Manager at San Jose Council to discuss post-graduation GIS advice. If you are not aware, San Jose Council is home to the innovation powerhouse that is Silicon Valley.
As I mentioned in an earlier post it is important to blog about whatever interests you. After all, this area is most likely to be your strength. A big thank you to all of the Geospatial Friday contributors so far. If you have a geospatial themed topic which you would like shared then please get in touch.