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Podcast: Geospatial Tech and Tools

Aerial Imagery: The State Of The Art

Personally, I don’t feel like aerial imagery gets the attention it deserves! So I invited Michael Bewley – Senior Director of AI Systems at Nearmap back on the podcast to help bring us up to speed on the state of the art of capturing, processing, and…

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How Google Calculates Your Location

Calculating the location of your mobile device ( the blue dot ) is not as straightforward as you might imagine. It involves databases of wifi hotspots, 3D city models, IMU’s, GNSS, your proximity to cell towers, and maybe somethin…

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Cloud Optimized Point Clouds

Cloud Optimized Point Clouds ( COPC) allow you to stream point cloud data! 
Cloud Optimized Geotiffs made raster data streamable and now its time for Point Clouds to be just as accessible! 
weeklyOSM updates the community, on…

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Full Stack Cartography

We cover a lot of ground in this episode but some of the key takes are:
A key difference between visualizing non-spatial data and spatial data is that non-spatial data gives you the freedom to choose the locations of different objects. 
Design is not a…

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Artificial Intelligence

For some time, there was hype around AI and data science and that they would solve all of our problems.
If you think AI solves every problem, then you’re overestimating its utility and where we’re at.
However, on the other side, if you’re a business of a…

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Peer To Peer Mapping and Digital Democracy

This is a story about a peer-to-peer mapping technology that is enabling people to “fight maps with maps”
You can find Mapeo here
Promoting OSM projects

OpenCage and Mapscap…

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Thermal Imagery From Space

Applications of thermal imaging from space include monitoring wildfires, urban heat islands, economic activity, and the built environment. 
But it’s not easy 😉 
Connect with Robin Cole at
Check out the Earth Observation Hub!…

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Monitoring Atmospheric Pollution From Space

It turns out that monitoring atmospheric pollution from space is really hard! But if you can do it will help you understand air quality, solar energy, ozone Layer and UV radiation, emissions and surfaces fluxes, and climate forcing 
Contact Mark on Twi…

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Hex Tiles

The problem of unification: Spatial data comes in many different sizes, shapes, and formats making it a difficult and time-consuming process to join data for visualization, exploration, and analysis.
Enter the Hex Tile system!

Contact Foursquare:  conn…

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The Business of Web Maps

This is a story about a hobby project called Scribble Maps that grew into business… but it’s also a story about the opportunities and challenges of creating geospatial tools for non-geospatial professionals.
Jonathan Wagner

“Its easy to get people to ma…

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