GISCafe Weekly Review August 4th, 2016

Is Data the Ugly Duckling of GIS?
August 4, 2016  by Matt Sheehan


You know the story about the ugly duckling. Poor little chap; taken for granted, disregarded, under-valued. Then one day he turns into a beautiful swan.

Is Data the Ugly Duckling of GIS?

In some ways that is GIS data. It was not that long ago that data was incredibly hard to find. Everything changed in the mid-2000’s with Google maps, Open Streetmap and others stepping up. Suddenly a whole variety of base maps were available. Many at little or no cost. In addition, data which sits on top of these basemaps – point, line and polygon layers in GIS speak – also was easier to find.

From famine to feast … data became taken for granted

Just like the ugly duckling data became under-valued. Ubiquitous and free was the assumption. How unfortunate!

Let me ask you this. How many projects stall because of a data problem? That is missing data, inaccurate data, or lack of understanding on how to find, convert and publish data. From our experience many.

Bringing GIS Indoors with InVision 2.1
August 3, 2016  by Susan Smith

PenBay Solutions’ chief technology officer, Stuart Rich, spoke with me at Esri UC 2016 in San Diego about the company’s leveraging of GIS to solve facilities management problems.


Mobile GIS: Integrating ArcGIS with Maximo®
August 1, 2016  by Matt Sheehan

In this blog post we will be discussing mobile integration. That is between Maximo® and ArcGIS: two very complimentary technologies. Let’s start with some definitions. As described by IBM, Maximo® is:

A comprehensive enterprise asset management for asset lifecycle and maintenance management

While ArcGIS is:

A geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for: creating and using maps; compiling geographic data; analyzing mapped information; sharing and discovering geographic information; using maps and geographic information in a range of applications; and managing geographic information in a database.

On the mobile front we have Maximo® Anywhere:

Which provides a set of resources for building and deploying mobile apps that integrate with IBM Maximo Asset Management

As mobile ArcGIS experts. we have been looking into the integration of ArcGIS with Maximo® Anywhere to provide both online and offline asset management.

Dr. Harold Trease, DataFission’s Chief Scientist spoke with GISCafe Voice about the new DataFission DataHunter, Digital Universe Search Engine – DUSE, a content-based, search engine for use in digesting and searching unstructured data.


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