2018-08-08 01:55:14

Rethinking the Geospatial Competition

I see requests for participation in geospatial competitions all the time. Professionals and students are invited to produce maps and apps and win recognitions and/or prizes. One type of contest features a geospatial technology company’s development platform. Participants have a time limit, hours to months, to build an app or map. While sometimes there are guidelines on what kind of app or map is to be submitted, most contests are free-for-alls and competitors can build whatever they choose. Companies host such events to gain users, generate marketing content and/or develop products that result in revenue. There’s a second type of... (read more)
2016-12-23 11:33:26

Tolerating Ambiguity in Geospatial

There is ambiguity all around, says Adena Schutzberg. The trick is recognizing it, choosing a way forward and not being frightened to fail. Jeff Selingo, who writes about education, shared a terrific article on LinkedIn titled Wanted in College Graduates: Tolerance for Ambiguity. He argues that the “killer app” in today’s workplace is the ability to tolerate ambiguity. Said another way, it’s unlikely a new employee will get a clear set of expectations from a supervisor for a specific project, nor a recipe for how to get the work done. Instead, the employee will need to figure it out. That’s... (read more)
2016-12-22 05:47:24

Hiring Geospatial Employees

Are you looking to change your job during the year? Or maybe you’re looking to recruit and will be part of the hiring process. Adena Schutzberg provides some timely advice drawn from a master of successful appointments who uses heuristics. Over the last 20 years I’ve probably read several hundred requests from students, career changers and those already involved in geospatial technology asking for help getting a job. In contrast, I’ve read very little about how to hire the best people from those groups. Luckily Henry Ward, CEO at eShares, detailed his four hiring principles and six hiring heuristics in... (read more)
2016-12-23 10:59:24

The Global Geospatial Industry Outlook

The Indian company Geospatial Media and Communications has produced a thought-provoking report on the Global Geospatial Industry and published it online. Ian Masser reviews this report. This 128 page report is divided into four main sections. These include a short section describing the methodology that was developed for the exercise. This followed by a longer section discussing the main global geospatial industry trends and emerging business processes. The third section of the report presents the findings of the analysis in the form of a geospatial readiness index of fifty nations. The concluding section contains details of the sponsors of the... (read more)
2017-08-07 12:58:20

Advances in Geospatial and Space

As we head towards Brexit in 2019, satellites may be in the headlines for less than positive reasons at the moment. However, what’s clear is the universal acceptance of the value, and critical need for this infrastructure to both our society and economy. Away from the headlines, a number of interesting events over the past month have allowed me to reflect on the relationship between space and traditional geospatial. For many years, the earth observation community has been on the fringes of mainstream geospatial, and in some cases, unfortunately, even viewed as a distinct entity. Thankfully, space technology has now... (read more)
2018-06-21 12:40:31

Geospatial Technology is 99% Invisible

To give credit where due, 99% Invisible is the name of one of my favourite podcasts. The title comes from a quote from Buckminster Fuller about people, but the show highlights the hidden aspects of design and architecture. The stories reveal that we see and interact with just the end-product of the design process; the rest is invisible. I’ve been collecting evidence that geospatial technology, and the design behind it, is also 99% invisible. While out running, I saw another runner looking intently at the phone of a man in a suit. I asked if I could help them find a... (read more)
2017-10-11 01:43:41
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