Article: How cryptographic ledgers are helping geospatial researchers deal with information overload

Geospatial, Open Data

How cryptographic ledgers are helping geospatial researchers deal with information overload

Out of all the potential use cases of geospatial services, it could be that location-based real-time monitoring applications are the fastest growing. Some experts believe that these are expected to be the biggest drivers of the Earth Observation field in coming years, which could end up creating an unprecedented amount of data. Existing GIS solutions for long had to deal with increasingly large datasets, but this could potentially portend the creation of exponentially massive ones.

Computer industry representatives believe that blockchain-based solutions could be used to manage these geospatial datasets regardless of their physical size. Agricultural supply chain managers have been turning to distributed cryptographic ledgers to manage GIS data collected in that industry. Programmers might soon start to apply these to the observation industry, which has been one of the biggest information-creators in recent years.

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Article: Data-driven environmental decision-making and action in armed conflict

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Data-driven environmental decision-making and action in armed conflict

*A digital revolution through a myriad of earth observation data and open-source investigations is reshaping our understanding of the environmental causes and consequences of armed conflicts. From spatio-temporal analysis to near-real time monitoring of conflicts and resulting harm from scorched earth tactics, environmental data can quickly be incorporated in humanitarian action and reconstruction efforts.

In other words, the scope and severity of environmental damage in conflict is now better understood and more foreseeable. How can this transformative development influence military conduct to strengthen the protection of civilians and the environment in armed conflict?

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Article: Foursquare adds geospatial analytics and visualizations power with Unfolded acquisition

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Foursquare adds geospatial analytics and visualizations power with Unfolded acquisition

Foursquare, a leading independent location technology company known for its city guides, announced its acquisition of Unfolded, a geospatial analytics platform.

With the addition of Unfolded’s capabilities to its technology stack, enterprises and brands can soon come to Foursquare to not only access its location data, but work with that data in an integrated platform for merging, enriching, analysing, and visualising spatial data – in whatever environment they choose. “Welcoming Unfolded to the team makes the Foursquare platform more powerful, robust, and accessible to our clients and partners,” said Gary Little, President and CEO of Foursquare.

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Article: Spotlight on St. Louis’ growing Geospatial sector

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Spotlight on St. Louis’ growing Geospatial sector

Cities all over the Midwest and the country are going through changes, finding their unique identities amid an ever-changing, tech-focused economy. St. Louis is no exception to this trend and has created an environment ripe for innovation. The economy in this growing Missouri city is booming for businesses, entrepreneurs, tech workers, millennials, and more.

One sector that is seeing unprecedented growth and significant investment from the public and private sectors is geospatial technology. St. Louis is predicted to become a leader in geospatial technology, but this rise did not happen overnight.

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Article: Astraea Announces Partnership With Cuebiq

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Astraea Announces Partnership With Cuebiq

Astraea, developer of the EarthAI geospatial analytics platform, today announced a partnership with Cuebiq, a leader in mobility intelligence and offline consumer insights. Fusing geospatial and mobility datasets give organizations a comprehensive understanding of the Earth’s surface and those who live on it.

By combining Cuebiq’s innovative, flexible tools and vast mobility data catalog with Astraea’s end-to-end AIOps platform, the partnership brings together two important and growing data sets, giving consumers secure, accurate intelligence.

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Article: HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

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HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Resolution of the COVID-19 crisis has come down to how quickly governments can vaccinate individuals before more contagious variants of the virus evolve and spread. One platform playing a critical role in helping health care organizations win that race is a geographic information system (GIS) platform created by Health Solutions Research (HSR.health) and accessed as a cloud service.

The GeoHealth Platform HSR.health developed combines social determinants of health with social media data and estimated health care costs to surface potential hot spots. Created prior to the pandemic, the platform relies on a Health Risk Index model created using geospatial mapping software from Esri and open source Geoserver software for sharing geospatial data, HSR.health CEO Ajay Gupta told VentureBeat. “We wanted to track social determinants of health,” he said.

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Article: Participatory Geomatics Network for Coastal Mapping and Monitoring

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Participatory Geomatics Network for Coastal Mapping and Monitoring

Capacity-building and empowerment using low-cost geomatics equipment, easy-to-use field protocols and semi-automated processing algorithms provide a resilience pathway for coastal communities facing the effects of climate change.

This article presents a participative geomatics project with the goal of increasing southern Québec’s coastal communities’ ability to map and monitor changes in their coastal environment. This co-constructed project aims to develop a participatory network of individuals and groups capable of acquiring, processing and interpreting coastal geospatial data of the Estuary and Gulf of St Lawrence (eastern Canada).

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Article: OGC and CRN partner to establish a Unique Geospatial Real Property Identifier

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OGC and CRN partner to establish a Unique Geospatial Real Property Identifier

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is excited to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the non-profit Collateral Risk Network (CRN). Under the MoU, OGC and CRN will work together to develop a unique geospatial real property identifier (PUID) that has applications in housing finance and beyond.

OGC Chief Standards Officer, Scott Simmons, commented: “OGC is encouraged by the vision CRN has for real property identifiers that take advantage of modern IT practices for better integration with users at all levels: from housing finance participants to consumers. The work being undertaken by CRN and OGC will ensure that location information associated with property adheres to the best industry practices for accuracy and information sharing.”

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Article: Geospatial and AI are able to asses disaster damage sooner

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Geospatial and AI are able to asses disaster damage sooner

It wasn’t long ago when people could only dream of AI and geospatial technology, yet it’s here. On top of that, it can do more than folks could have imagined. This technology could also reinvent disaster relief efforts.

Disasters happen all the time, and this reality makes it impossible to deny the need to address them faster. People have gotten good at predicting potential natural disasters, but dealing with the aftermath is another story. What is worse is that disasters seem to be happening more frequently. Fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other things keep hitting different parts of the country. Climate change could be to blame for the rise in disasters, and hopefully, that is addressed, but the pressing matter is the disasters. These affect families in unimaginable ways.

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Article: Geospatial for automation

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Geospatial for automation

Due to COVID-19, a lot of things changed in 2020. But the interest in autonomous mobility continued throughout the year. In the coming years, business in autonomy will continue to rise and meet the market interest. New business models are likely to come up.

For instance, the ride-sharing companies that have already taken a foothold are only the beginning. With the advent of autonomous cars, we will see more people, especially in urban environments, take advantage of vehicle sharing; individual automobile ownership will decline. This will impact vehicle OEMS (Original Equipment Manufacturers), insurance carriers, car rental companies, and many more.

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