Article: Astraea Announces Partnership With Cuebiq

Geospatial, Open Data

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:’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Geospatial, Open Data’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 ( and accessed as a cloud service.

The GeoHealth Platform 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, 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

Geospatial, Open Data

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

Geospatial, Innovation, Open Data, Open Space

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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Article: CDC announces the launch of Access Insights Platform, democratizing open-source data

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CDC announces the launch of Access Insights Platform, democratizing open-source data

CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution (DFI) and impact investor, is pleased to announce the Access Insights Platform (AIP) launch – an open-source data visualisation tool delivering key insights that enable businesses across multiple sectors to make data-informed decisions. The platform has been developed by Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors and is funded by CDC Plus, CDC Group’s technical assistance and support facility.

Tackling the challenge of handling data effectively and efficiently – the AIP aggregates key data sets, including geospatial mapping, census data, and business intelligence, on an easy-to-use public-facing tool. AIP’s geospatial module contains statistics that observe economic activity, population density, demographics, household assets and more.

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Article: Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Nepal 2021 edition

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Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Nepal 2021 edition

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is inviting applications to a theoretical and hands-on training on the use of Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information technology (GIT). This training is exclusively for women in Nepal who have completed a bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in a university-level curriculum.

ICIMOD has been organizing the “Empowering women in geospatial information technology” training under its SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative for the past three years. The training course, extended exclusively to young women from Nepal and Pakistan, and provides them with theoretical as well as practical knowledge in the use of EO data and GIT using real-world examples from the HKH region. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fifth iteration of this intensive four-day course is being offered online to eligible women from Nepal.

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Article: The third wave of democratized geospatial knowledge

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The third wave of democratized geospatial knowledge

Once upon a time, map-making lay in the purview of professional cartographers. Geospatial data analysis was only available to trained analysts using specialized tools. Over the past 25 years, we have seen a dramatic transformation in the geospatial industry, as geospatial data has become democratized and widely available.

The first democratization shift marked the move towards digital maps. Maps became instantly available, personalized, broadly accessible — and free. This phase reached its culmination with the advent of street-level imagery and 3D photographic imagery, giving people the ability to truly visualize a location.

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Article: Ushering in the age of greater data demand

Geospatial, Open Data

Ushering in the age of greater data demand

The availability of marine open data infrastructure has significant economic and societal potential for coastal nations to facilitate marine domain interoperability and the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) best practices for marine spatial data publishing on the Web.

With the recent Indian directive on open data and the reuse of public sector information, IIC Technologies is ideally positioned to serve the Indian coastal and inland waterway segments in facilitating a continuous data capturing of spatial-temporal physical phenomena and human activities in coastal areas and riverbanks, doing the corresponding data analysis, and the decision- making for achieving continual improvement in the marine planning and management processes.

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