Next week GISCafe will be flying to GEOINT 2015 Symposium held June 22-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Posts Tagged ‘National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’
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Last week media trekked to Autodesk’s new Innovation and Design Building in the heart of Boston for the Autodesk AEC Media Summit. While the previous LEED Gold headquarters in Waltham, Mass. was a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainable design, the Innovation and Design Building speaks to their branching out in their innovative capacities.
Tags: AEC, Autodesk, climate change, cloud, crowdsourcing, data, geospatial, GIS, Google, GPS, imagery, intelligence, iPhone, LiDAR, location, mapping, maps, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, social media
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During the week of March 17th , GISCafe Voice will run a special feature blog on the topic, “Emergency Response and Management Solutions.”
Tags: AEC, Bentley, climate change, cloud, crowdsourcing, DigitalGlobe, ESRI, geospatial, geospatial analysis, GIS, GISCafe, GISCafe Voice, Google, Google Maps, GPS, Haiti, Infrastructure, intelligence, Intergraph, iPhone, LiDAR, location, mapping, maps, mobile, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, NOAA, remote sensing, smartphones, social media, special coverage
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Esri announced the launch of a new site aimed to help citizens locate organizations sharing open data around the world and provide direct access to thousands of open government datasets. Citizens can search, download, filter, and visualize this data through their web browser or mobile device.
We’re almost at the end of the year and we’d like to hear from you, the readers, about what you think the most important geospatial advancements have been for 2014.
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The notion of gaming and geospatial coming together has been explored for some time. Gaming simulation and GIS software provider GameSim Inc. announced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. (NGA). This agreement will give credence to GameSim’s 3D environment with standards and data created and validated by the NGA.
In 2013, GameSim, ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S., introduced an innovative software product, Conform (gamesim.com/conform), which generates a 3D representation of an environment from GIS data (vectors, elevation, and imagery) in near real-time. The integrated scene can be viewed in both 2D and 3D, or exported, into other run-time formats.
GameSim was interested in furthering their process of fusing together a single 3D environment by supporting additional data products (e.g., LiDAR, OTW video, and thermal video), to create a more accurate and rich 3D environment, while still maintaining near real-time performance. GameSim had previous experience working with these formats. The agreement with NGA through CRADA will provide the company with proper standards and data validated by NGA. In addition, GameSim and NGA will research the creation of a low bandwidth, browser-based visualization of that fused environment, according to GameSim company materials.
“We are creating a product that can fuse a variety of formats that adheres to established standards,” said Andrew Tosh, GameSim founder and president. “By collaborating with NGA it helps assure that GameSim produces a product that can meet the demands of the intelligence community, in terms of accessing their content and producing valuable visualizations.”
During the week of November 17th, GISCafe Voice will run a special feature blog on the topic, “3D Cities: Envisioning Communities of the Future.”
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Satellite imagery has undergone a paradigm shift in the past couple of years.
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Reposting: During the week of September 15th, GISCafe Voice will run a special feature blog on the topic, “Satellite Imaging.”
If you wish to have your company included, please let me know, Susan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org The Satellite Imaging Questionnaire will be sent to all companies who offer satellite imaging products and services, so that we may thoroughly cover all opportunities available. Or, you can print it yourself from this blog and email it to me.
At Esri UC, we heard about the launch of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 from DigitalGlobe senior scientist, Product Development and Labs, Bill Baugh. This satellite will be especially helpful for mapping mineral mining.
WorldView-3 is superspectral and has 16 spectrums, and contains the overall structure of spectrum. “The bands coming in WorldView-3 will allow you to go after data you might not be able to go after normally,” said Baugh. “You’ll be able to see iron, rocks (short wave infrared) and steel infrastructure.”Additionally, with SWIR-6 you can see through the smoke from a fire, which would be valuable for crisis response, when you have to see what’s on the ground.
At the other end of the spectrum (excuse the pun), in 2009, a couple of Stanford grad students envisioned that they could “index the earth the way Google indexes the Internet.” This is how the radical satellite imaging company Skybox was born. And now Google has acquired the company. So I guess that’s where Google comes in: already there, in the way of indexing. And Skybox is already there in terms of providing the satellite. Last November the company launched its first mini-bar-sized satellite, SkySat-1 into orbit aboard a Russian Dnepr rocket. Plans are to launch eight more by the end of 2015. Skybox even has its own rocket.
I spoke to many of you at Esri UC, but I know there are many out there that I may have missed seeing. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to be included in the September coverage. Deadline for materials: September 1, 2014.
A recent CNN report announced thatNASA is asking for the help of citizens in viewing hundreds of thousands of images taken from space over the years, from the 1960s Mercury missions to the present images snapped from the International Space Station.
Via The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, NASA is making these images available for citizens to examine.
NASA says the hope is that the images “could help save energy, contribute to better human health and safety and improve our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. But scientists need your help to make that happen.”
The catalog contains more than 1.8 million photos, about 1.3 million of them from the space station and roughly 30% of them taken at night.
The CNN report said that before 2003, night images from the space station could be blurry, even with high-speed film and manual tracking, because the station moves at about 17,500 mph. In that same year, astronaut Don Pettit used a drill and assorted parts he found on the station to cobble together a “barn-door tracker,” a lower-tech predecessor to the European Space Agency’s NightPod, which was installed at the space station nine years later.
According to the report, NightPod’s motorized tripod compensates for the space station’s speed, providing what NASA scientist William Stefanov says are the highest-resolution night images from orbit. Satellites collect data more regularly, but the photos tend to be lower resolution. “Now the pictures are clear, but their location may not be, which limits their usefulness,” the NASA news release says.
Citizen science has a better handle on location than the night images from the space station and satellite imagery. The Complutense University of Madrid is spearheading efforts to get citizen input and organize the photos. They have broken down the the images into three components requiring different levels of participation:
1. Dark skies. This is the easiest project, as it requires no scientific expertise. “Anyone can help” by sorting the images into the categories: cities, stars or other objects, said Alejandro Sanchez, doctoral student at Complutense.
“Without the help of citizens, it is almost impossible to use these images scientifically. Algorithms cannot distinguish between stars, cities and other objects, such as the moon. Humans are much more efficient for complex image analysis,” he said.
Tags: citizen science, ESRI, geospatial, GIS, Google, Google Maps, iPhone, LiDAR, location, mobile, NASA, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, NOAA, satellite imagery, social media, USGS
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