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Jennifer Shaffer
Jennifer Shaffer
Product Manager, Advanced Elevation Series, DigitalGlobe, USA. Jennifer Shaffer currently serves as the Product Manager for DigitalGlobe’s elevation product offering, the Advanced Elevation Series. She joined DigitalGlobe in July of 2001 and has over 12 years’ experience in the … More »

High Accuracy Terrain Models Using Advanced Elevation Series

October 14th, 2013 by Jennifer Shaffer

Are you still using coarse resolution SRTM elevation data for your geospatial projects?  Are you struggling with coverage, quality problems, and data gaps? If so, it’s time to learn more about DigitalGlobe’s comprehensive elevation offering called the Advanced Elevation Series. With accuracy and resolution options to fit your project and budget, DigitalGlobe can provide the terrain data you need for accurate 3D mapping and analysis.

Many geospatial professionals often waste excessive time searching online for free elevation data that includes the coverage, accuracy and resolution qualities they seek. Then after squandering time on these datasets, they find the data to be inadequate or requiring significant editing to be usable.  Many geospatial professionals are unaware of what’s available commercially. Commercial data that is GIS-ready can save users time and effort and are dollars well-spent.  By eliminating data preparation work, users can focus on creating the maps and delivering the answers their organizations need.

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Marking the Launch of Esri’s ArcGIS Marketplace

September 26th, 2013 by Pierre Izard

DigitalGlobe congratulates Esri on the launch of its ArcGIS Marketplace ( on September 18 and is proud to be one of the initial, premium content providers.

With subscription-based DigitalGlobe ArcGIS Online offerings announced at this year’s Esri International User Conference, users will be able to seamlessly integrate their workflow with our Global Basemap and FirstLook products.  A highly customizable multispectral service will leverage a lot of the flexibility that ArcGIS 10.2 offers for accessing server-hosted, very high-resolution, remote-sensing data is also available.  These products are currently tailored to support the ArcGIS user base in the U.S. and Canada and will be sold through Esri Inc. and Esri Canada. We expect to phase in new offerings in other territories in the coming months.

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A look into Hurricane Sandy and the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado, USA – How DigitalGlobe quickly provides insight following global disasters and events

September 17th, 2013 by Glenn Reese

Rapid, comprehensive, global satellite coverage is an invaluable asset for responding to major disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tropical cyclones and fires. With five satellites orbiting the globe, DigitalGlobe owns and operates the World’s most agile constellation of high-resolution commercial earth imaging satellites, collects more than 2.5 million square kilometers every day and can revisit the same location daily. Expected to launch in 2014, WorldView-3 will further increase the capability of our constellation with its newly added super-spectral, shortwave infrared (SWIR) and cloud, aerosols, vapor, ice, snow (CAVIS) sensors.

DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook online subscription service for emergency managers and enterprise customers leverages our constellation and DigitalGlobe Cloud Service (DGCS) technology to provide fast, web-based access to pre- and post-event imagery of world events and disasters.   By analyzing the before and after images, DigitalGlobe enables first responders and people on the ground to see the full extent of the situation and effectively plan a course of action following major disasters and events. The collected imagery can be deeply integrated into customer workflows to reduce turnaround time and enable rapid decision making by providing subscription access and standardized data hosting. As we all know, when disaster strikes, there’s no time to waste, so getting this infrastructure set up in advance is critical to a quick response that can often help save lives.

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One Response to Kano, Nigeria – Mass Casualty Attack Analysis

September 11th, 2013 by Andre Kearns

On Friday, March 18, 2013, a car bomb exploded in a busy luxury bus park in northeast Kano, Nigeria. The suicide attack by militant Islamist group Boko Haram killed nearly 40 people and was the most deadly attack by the group in Kano since its members went on a rampage against the city’s security forces in January 2012.

This post investigates this terrorist attack through the lens of DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook, a product that enables expert analyst assessments from two complementary intelligence capabilities: DigitalGlobe imagery intelligence and Recorded Future web intelligence. The result is a new and powerful geotemporal approach to analyzing catastrophic events.

DigitalGlobe satellite image of Kano taken 24 hours after the devastating bombing 

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Seeing a Better World™ in Africa

August 29th, 2013 by Andre Kearns

Africa is a part of the world with unique opportunities and challenges; many regions are experiencing rapid economic growth, while others are limited by geopolitical instability. With this in mind, DigitalGlobe recently launched an Africa Microsite to showcase how our work across the continent is helping governments, companies and NGOs to see a better world in Africa.

Using our insight capabilities, geospatial analysis, geographic information surveys and Africa global basemap, our goal is to help decision-makers better understand change across the continent.  We plan to accomplish this using three primary capabilities:

High resolution earth imagery: DigitalGlobe owns and operates the world’s largest high resolution satellite constellation.  We collect 60 percent of the world’s land mass in imagery every 30 days.  Our growing imagery archive recently surpassed 4 billion square kilometers,and we have collected more than 30 million square kilometers across the continent of Africa, primarily within the last 12 months.

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DigitalGlobe – a Partner’s Partner

August 19th, 2013 by Steve J. Allen, Sr. Mgr. Business Development EMEA/R

Exciting times are ahead for DigitalGlobe and our partners.  In the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEA/R) region where I work on the Business Development team, we are always on the lookout for new and exciting companies in the GIS space who can leverage our data and add value to our products and services. In order to practice what we preach and live our Purpose, Vision & Values – PVV – we have tried our best to leverage the information and insight to be gained from the millions of square kilometres our constellation of satellites collects each and every day. And our recent combination with GeoEye has helped significantly increase our fantastic collection capacity.

Often, it is our customers and partners who recognize the value of our data and help us to extract as much significance as possible out of each and every pixel collected.  As a result of these engagements, we have begun to look closer to those in our GIS community who can assist us in realizing our Vision – by 2020: to be the indispensable source of information about our changing planet.

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