GISCafe Weekly Review February 17th, 2014

Big Data Management: Handling GIS Feature Data with ERDAS APOLLO 2014
February 17, 2014  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Each day, organizations are dealing with more and more geospatial  data. Similarly, the variety and size of the data available is also increasing. Geospatial data within an organization commonly includes massive stores of imagery, basemaps, 3D point clouds (LIDAR), feature data, as well as volumes of other unstructured business data. This data is big – and needs to be made available inside and outside the organization, often across multiple departments, and delivered to different client applications on a variety of platforms and devices.

Hexagon Geospatial offers a strategy for cataloging, managing and delivering geospatial data and processes via Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards and protocols.  Throughout the market, there has been a gap when it comes to real Vector Data Management – until now.

Google Goes to Antarctica
February 13, 2014  by Susan Smith

For those Antarctic enthusiasts, Google has been exploring Antarctica with its special Street View backpack carrying a special Trekker camera. It persuaded researchers at the Polar Geospatial Center to carry the trekker, a 42 pound backpack with 15 lenses. Starting with easy to obtain images using , Google has now added a range of hard to reach places.

Imagery courtesy of Google Street View Imagery

In response to the Department of Interior’s Powering Our Future initiative, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has begun investigating how to assess the impacts of wind energy development on wildlife at a national scale.

This research differs from previous USGS energy assessments of wind energy. While in the past the USGS has looked at recoverable resources of such as gas, geothermal, oil or coal, the USGS is developing a method for determining the impacts of a type of energy production. Since wind energy is one of the fastest growing areas of renewable energy in the U.S., it is interesting that the USGS is looking at the creation of assessment methodologies that combine its past research in land change science, wildlife ecology and wind-wildlife research.

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