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Self-employment in the GIS Geospatial industry

Self-employment in the GIS Geospatial industry

by Daniel ODonohue 12 min read

My passion is conservation. I was an archaeologist for eight years before I got into my second career, GIS. I would be out on sites surveying for archeology and come across mass developments where they'd bulldoze everything in the way of a pipeline. It was crushing me.
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Spatial thinking and geospatial technologies

The long tail of geospatial

by Daniel ODonohue 15 min read

It's not really about the technologies we use, its about understanding the principles behind the technologies, and where and when to apply them. Spatial thinking is the key skill, we don't need to master every new GIS tools, just knowing that they exist might be enough.
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GIS spatial research into the covid-19 virus, a geospatial tracking case growth over time and space

COVID-19 Spatial Research

by Daniel ODonohue 15 min read

For most people, when they think aboutthe relationship between GIS and COVID-19, the obvious solution is tracking data. At the highest level, if there is any spatial relationship between where we are in our societies, where we go, who we interact with, and spread the disease, our measurements, thenour policy tools must also have a geospatial component to capture that effect.It's not a question of whether spatial data and spatial analysis matter for COVID-19. The problem is understanding what tools exactly can be used for specific insights and decisions.

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Spatial GPU processing podcast for the GIS community

Open Source Spatial GPU Processing

by Daniel ODonohue 20 min read

GPUs have orders of magnitude more processors. However, they're not as general-purpose as CPUs. They do discrete bits of work that are more or less the same weight. If you can figure out how to subdivide a problem into 20,000 pieces of equal weight, they will do it in less than a snap of a finger.
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GIS podcast about the Uber's H3 geospatial grid system

H3 geospatial indexing system

by Daniel ODonohue 11 min read

It's a discrete system, breaking up the world into discrete cells. Every position in the world has a cell identifier associated with it. It's global. In H3, we subdivide each cell into seven smaller cells. If you try to draw that out, you’ll realize it doesn't fit right. We had to make some compromises ...
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Big Query GIS geospatial functionality for data warehousing

Google BigQuery GIS - Geospatial in the Cloud

by Daniel ODonohue 11 min read

Google Cloud’s enterprise data warehouse.  It’s an immensely scalable and quick data storage and processing product that got a geospatial facelift a couple of years ago.  Users interact with BigQuery with standard SQL verbs. It feels like a relational database except you can have relations and tables that are petabytes big ̶ but to the user, it’s still just a simple case of typing in SQL.
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A One to One Map Of The World

A One to One Map Of The World

by Daniel ODonohue 9 min read

We now live in an age where almost everything is customizable and can be adapted to our individuality. In previous eras, maps were physical documents. If you went hiking and you took a one-to-one map with you, where would you even put it?  It wouldn't be helpful. In the digital realm, we capture the information from smartphones, from IoT devices, intelligent cars driving around, satellites, and building sensors.  We put these into place and have a perfectly clear picture of the world in its digital format—this is your digital one-to-one map.

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The Spatial Internet of Things

The Spatial Internet of Things

by Daniel ODonohue 7 min read

The spatial internet of things is the ability to connect low-cost sensors over the internet and track devices, equipment, and people in real-time. It’s the next generation of the internet.
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Spatially Enabling Customer Relations

Spatially Enabling Customer Relations

by Daniel ODonohue 9 min read

Segmenting data and audiences is really big at the moment, its about getting the right message to the right person at the right time. Geospatial is a big part of that, it's about putting your data in context.
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GIS geospatial podcast spatial-temporal data - every thing happens somewhere and at sometime

spatio-temporal

by Daniel ODonohue 11 min read

Everything happens at a location and at a specific time. Why have GIS standards ignored the temporal aspect of data, why don't we have the same kind of functionality for spatial-temporal data that we have for spatial data? Anita Graser, the creator of the time manager plugin for QGIS answers these questions.

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Polygons of Ownership

Polygons of Ownership

by Daniel ODonohue 10 min read

Property is surrounded by a legal space that the government defined and sectioned off to the owner with a street address for tax purposes.  It’s a polygon, rectangle, or square space. A host of other information is connected to that parcel, such as when it was first subdivided, is there a structure on it, and does it have utility hookups?  What are the permissions, zoning, and taxes owed on it? 
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Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks

Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks

by Daniel ODonohue 6 min read

Jupyter Notebooks are an interface for combining code, documentation, and data access.  Previously, your data was held in one location.  You coded somewhere else and output it to a different folder which you opened to see what your code did. A notebook is a single place where you combine code, workflow, documentation, and the results.
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Remote sensing data collection using Radio Frequency GIS geospatial remote sensing podcast for digital geographers

Radio Frequency Data Collection

by Daniel ODonohue 6 min read

Remote sensing with a difference. That’s what Ellen Christopherson, CEO and founder of clearGrid, is here to talk about.  Their unique way of collecting radio frequency (RF) data makes them a valuable partner for utility and energy companies that do any type of meter readings and billings. Ellen’s background in aviation engineering gives her an edge to see how technology can deliver efficiency in this space.
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Indoor positioning and navigation, podcast episode about location, GIS, geospatial and tracking inside buildings

Hyper-accurate indoor location

by Daniel ODonohue 7 min read

Indoor positioning and navigation are still done on a case by case bases and generally only offer sub-meter accuracy. But what if you had millimeter accuracy? what problems could you solve or use cases could you dream up?
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Digital Twins what they are and how they work all in one podcast episode

Digital Twins

by Daniel ODonohue 9 min read

digital twin is a digital replica or model of a living or non-living physical object. Geospatial and CAD data often provide the physical context for these objects but no digital twin would be complete without different real-time or near real-time data streams.

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Geospatial podcast about python an introduction to spatial programming and python for GIS professionals

Geospatial Python

by Daniel ODonohue 8 min read

Anita Graser is a legendary open-source geospatial Python expert.  With her extensive knowledge of the subject, she is here to convince us of why Python is a great language and how we can all get started learning it. Stick around to see the benefits and learn why Python may or may not be an option for your GIS project.
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Best free GIS data collection apps. GIS podcast for the geospatial professionals

best free GIS apps for data collection

by Daniel ODonohue 9 min read

Two free and open-source apps that will help you collect GIS data in the field and synchronising that data to a centralized database. Online or offline these apps are integrated into the QGIS ecosystem and they just work!
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Rebranding as a GIS Geospatial leader is the future of the location intelligence, Don't just make maps, solve spatial problems

The Future of GIS, Leadership and Rebranding Geospatial

by Daniel ODonohue 8 min read

GIS technology is underutilized.  There is a huge opportunity for professionals in the geospatial industry to be leaders and not just mapmakers. Cartography is an important part of what GIS professionals do but it does not have to be the only thining that they do. 

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GIS podcast, the difference between Geospatial and Computer aided-design

GIS CAD Differences

by Daniel ODonohue 9 min read

Historically, CAD was used to draw buildings and facilities. These systems were never meant to store complex attribution we take for granted in the GIS world today.  This geospatial podcast episode explores the differences between Computer aided-design and geographic information systems.
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GIS and Geospatial podcast, remote sensing and robotics

Robotics, remote sensing and facilities management

by Daniel ODonohue 9 min read

The Mars Rover Project.  Autonomous robots monitoring substations.  How is this all relevant to the geospatial community? Scott Nowicki is happy to clarify. He explains the technology that enables robots to integrate detailed maps, orientate, and move around their environments as they go on their daily business and build detailed change detection maps for substations and facilities management. But the question is, can they and do they truly add value to operations where human presence is difficult or unnecessary?
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how to apply for a job in GIS, entry level GIS jobs and GIS internships

GIS job seekers - advice from a geospatial recruitment expert

by Daniel ODonohue 8 min read

Learn how to apply for entry-level GIS jobs and geospatial internships. Find out what it takes to move from an entry-level GIS position to a mid-level / leadership role in GIS. You will also discover what recruitment looks like in the broader geospatial industry.
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The overlap between Business Intelligence tools and GIS software

The overlap between Business Intelligence tools and GIS software

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

This week on the podcast Kent Marten from Tableau explains the cross over between business intelligence tools and traditional GIS software. We also explore the challenges around self serve mapping and answer the question "Is location still the next big thing"
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Dynamic vector tiles straight from the database

Dynamic vector tiles straight from the database

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Serving dynamic vector tiles might not be as difficult as you think. Paul Ramsey from Crunchy Data starts off by walking us through the early days of PostGIS, explaining what a vector tile is and the advantages over image tiles before explaining how you can easily and safely serve your own data as vector tiles straight from a PostgreSQL database.
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Earth Observation, platforms and data

Earth Observation, platforms and data

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

A dive into the differences between remote sensing and earth observation, we walk through 4 major data collection platforms and the data that these platforms provide and where and how we might find it
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Disrupting ESRI - Why it is hard to build a big geospatial business

Disrupting ESRI - Why it is hard to build a big geospatial business

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Why it is so difficult to build a really big geospatial business and what it would take to disrupt ESRI?
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introduction to QGIS for GIS and geospatial uesers

QGIS - An opensource geospatial project

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

QGIS is rapidly becoming the default opensource geospatial desktop tool for the GIS community. Today, Kurt Menke who has written serval books on QGIS shares his insights and experience with the QGIS and talks about so of the more exciting features that are built into QGIS
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A GIS case study

A GIS case study

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

A GIS case study.
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Serverless Geospatial

Serverless Geospatial

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Serverless architectures provide an instantly scaleable application environment so that IT infrastructure may dynamically scale up and down to meet the demand of both machine and human users.
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Earth Observation - machine learning and artificial intelligence

Earth Observation - machine learning and artificial intelligence

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

The changing world of eath observation and some of the challenges facing the industry at the moment. We also discuss remote sensing space with regards to the Gartner Hype Cycle and discuss the role of non-traditional players in the earth observation space. GIS / Geospatial podcast about remote sensing and earth observation.
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PostgreSQL - An open source geospatial database for GIS practitioners

PostgreSQL - An open source geospatial database for GIS practitioners

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

John Bryant the founder of Mammothgeospatial introduces us to the power of an opensource SQL database called PostgreSQL. We talk about some advantages that this database has over flat files and why you might want to invest time and energy into learning more about relational databases and the Structured Query Language "SQL".
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Geo-coding as a tool for risk assessment and the role of GIS in the insurance industry

Geo-coding as a tool for risk assessment and the role of GIS in the insurance industry

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Geo-coding is not a solved problem but it is a very important step in locating and describing addresses with rooftop level accuracy is the first step in building risk profiles. 

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Is R the language of geospatial data?

Is R the language of geospatial data?

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

 R is perhaps the most powerful computer environment for data analysis that is currently available. Tim Appelhans joins me on the show today to talk about his journey from learning R too developing new packages and extending the geospatial visualization capabilities of R
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Geospatial intelligence from the sky, automating the mining industry

Geospatial intelligence from the sky, automating the mining industry

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Drones are changing the frequency, resolution, and scale of geospatial data collection. SkyCatch is applying drone-based data collection to the mining industry which might just be the first step on the journey to an autonomous workplace. 
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The evolution of geospatial file formats and data exchange

The evolution of geospatial file formats and data exchange

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

An interview with one of the founders of Safe SoftwareDale Lutz (an all-around nice guy and a thought leader in the geospatial world). Dale walks you thought the evolution of the problems that Safe is solving, and gives you insight into the fallacy of the one “file to rule them all” theory and talks about trends in the geospatial file formats and data exchange in general.
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Travel Time - A better way of doing location based search

Travel Time - A better way of doing location based search

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

n some respects, we are all drowning in data and one of the big challenges going forward will be filtering the data we have so we can make sense of the world by removing the noise. The Travel Time Platform approaches location-based search form the perspective of the time it takes to reach a destination.
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Remote sensing - building the globe in 3D

Remote sensing - building the globe in 3D

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Vricon is on a mission to build the most accurate 3D model of the surface of our planet. They have access to what might be the largest stockpile satellite imagery in the world and are using a technology stack that focuses on very large scale image processing and in particular multiview 3D reconstruction. I this podcast interview the Vise President of Vricon, Isaac Zaworski walks us through what the process of creating the most accurate 3D model of the world looks like today, what challenges they face when process imagery and what this might look like in the future.
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Addressing the world - a coordinate system from humans

Addressing the world - a coordinate system from humans

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

What3words divides the world into a 3 * 3-meter grid, each square is uniquely identified by three words which creates a global reference system that allows people to identify and navigate between these 3*3 meter squares using 3 words instead of longitude and latitude.
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Don't just make the dots, connect them

Don't just make the dots, connect them

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

The job is not to make the dots but to connect them. It is the realationships between and among objects that give context to the world. A discussion about the past, present, and future of geospatial and GIS.
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Building geospatial truth sets

Building geospatial truth sets

by Daniel ODonohue 2 min read

Collecting and validating geospatial data for every commercial location in the USA and Canada is not an easy task. It requires aggregation of data from multiple sources and formats. This data then needs to be validated and decisions need to be made about which data sources represent the truth.
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Mapping the interface between vehicle traffic and pedestrians

Mapping the interface between vehicle traffic and pedestrians

by Daniel ODonohue 2 min read

The curbside might not seem like the most obvious focus point in terms of mapping the urban environment but when you start to think of the curb as a highly regulated space and when you consider the number of arrivals and departures that that place on the curb in crowded urban environments.
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Creating maps for journalists

Creating maps for journalists

by Daniel ODonohue 2 min read

The move from printed media to digital media has had a huge impact on the way cartography is used and consumed. News rooms around the world are not only using maps to illustrate their written content but also as a form of branding.
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Geomob - Geoinnovation for the people by the people

Geomob - Geoinnovation for the people by the people

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Geomob provides a forum to learn and exchange ideas about any interesting services and projects that deal with location. Everyone working in or curious about the location space or with location services is welcome.
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build footprints GIS data extracted from multiple geospatial datasets

Building footprints at scale

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

The confluence of open data, just enough availability of hardware, software, computing power and being laser focused about the industry you are trying to serve.
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Remote sensing and earth observation podcast

Remote sensing and future of earth observation

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

The future of remote sensing and earth observation might be open, collaborative and involve much more end user education that you expect. DR Aliastra Graham shares his observations based on 20 years of experience in the industry.
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GIS podcast, geo processing and geospatial algorithms

A marketplace for geospatial data and workflows

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Geospatial data is not always easy to find. The open data revolution and the abundance of data available on the global market have created a very fragmented environment and it is often difficult to know where to look to find what you need.
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Geospatial visualization and GIS data podcast

Geospatial visualisations matter - Civil engineering meets online gaming

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Removing the barriers to entry by making it easy to create immersive geodata visualisations that tell a story and explain a process. Maple Precision has incorporated insights from the gaming industry to create a platform that organises spatial data for a variety of ....
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Using the geomagnetic field of buildings to navigate indoors

Using the geomagnetic field of buildings to navigate indoors

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Every building has its own geomagnetic fingerprint and by mapping that fingerprint against a floorplan of the building IndoorAtlas is able to provide accurate location and navigation inside. The genius of this system is that it takes advantage of an existing geomagnetic infrastructure.
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The location context platform

The location context platform

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Location gives context to data but it can also be used to give context to experiences. Radar is a platform for geofencing and location tracking. In this interview with Co founder Nick Patrick we discuss the opportunities around using location to deliver contextualised experiences to users
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Geospatial gives context to risk

Geospatial gives context to risk

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

WatchKeeper International is using real time data feeds from a variety of different sources to monitor and mitigate risk and location is the thing that gives context to the data.
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Inspirational geospatial visualizations

Inspirational geospatial visualizations

by Daniel ODonohue 1 min read

Craig Taylor creates inspirational geospatial visualizations and this is his journey from a formal education in GIS using industry standard tools to creating leading edge geospatial visualizations that tell meaningful stories using software that is designed for rendering 3D
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