August 2016

Commercialisation of space

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I previously wrote about the Geospatial 2.0 workshop held earlier this year on the Space Campus in Harwell. http://www.acgeospatial.co.uk/blog/geoworkshop/ Ever since this workshop I have started seeing more articles and I have become much more aware of the ‘commercialisation of space’. In April this year The Economist wrote a leader on Space Exploration. machine-learning can… Read More »Commercialisation of space

Reaching everyone with maps

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I watched a video this week, a presentation given by Brian Boulmay of BP: It is well worth watching, he talks about BP’s One Map Platform. He wants to reach the whole community within his organisation with a map. There is an interesting quote mid-way through (I have paraphrased slightly below) “We queried all desktops… Read More »Reaching everyone with maps

Rapid Geospatial Skill Acquisition

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This summer I have been reading “The first 20 hours – how to learn anything fast” by Josh Kaufman https://first20hours.com/. Kaufman references Dr. K. Anders Ericsson of Florida State university – his rule of 10,000 hours to achieve expert-level performance. This has been famously discussed in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers”, but he has qualified it.… Read More »Rapid Geospatial Skill Acquisition

How low can EO go?

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The IKONOS satellite, launched in 1999 was the first satellite to offer 1m spatial resolution imagery to the public. It was soon followed by QuickBird; launched in 2001 it provided 60cm imagery. These satellites were, at the time, the workhorses for anyone requiring high resolution imagery. What goes up must come down. #retrospective on #Quickbird… Read More »How low can EO go?