Richer Semantics for Geography – CSW-ebRIM

When I was first working on the Geography Markup Language (GML) in 1998, I was much taken with the efforts of the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and associated RDF Schema (RDFS) to incorporate greater meaning into the description of things, . . . → Read More: Richer Semantics for Geography – CSW-ebRIM

Registries for GeoINT

Using geospatial information for effective and actionable intelligence may depend as much on semantics as is does on geography. Knowing a threat location is of interest, but that information is enormously more valuable if intelligence sources can easily classify the . . . → Read More: Registries for GeoINT

Fast deployment on the Third Platform

Information technology goes through periodic revolutions which radically change the landscape for computer companies and software vendors and, of course, their customers. Computers began with the era of mainframes in the 1950s, followed by the emergence of mini-computers in the . . . → Read More: Fast deployment on the Third Platform

When Do We Start Thinking of Cities as Systems?

It seems rather strange to be asking this question with the 21st century well underway, and with the threat of serious climate change on our horizon, but nonetheless it needs to be asked. When are we going to start thinking . . . → Read More: When Do We Start Thinking of Cities as Systems?

Creating and Curating Geographic Knowledge with INdicio

All of us make decisions about places. Where should we go for a holiday? What should we see? What should we do when we get there?

For some, the decisions are much weightier with far-reaching consequences. Will the new office . . . → Read More: Creating and Curating Geographic Knowledge with INdicio

Maps, Map Features, Objects, and BIM

In the early days of computer-based map making, maps were made using a printing process. Each colour (black, blue, etc.) was separately applied as “layer” to the map sheets as they went through the printing press. The layer for each . . . → Read More: Maps, Map Features, Objects, and BIM

Platform for Wearable Computing Applications

Many have predicted that the next 10 years will (finally) be the era of wearable computing devices. iGlasses, watches, bangles, and rings all connected to the world around us, in the initial stages through your local router (a.k.a phone) and, . . . → Read More: Platform for Wearable Computing Applications

Why GeoPortals are neither an SDI nor a Cyberinfrastructure

I have seen many instances lately where an organization starts down the road of developing a spatial data infrastructure (SDI), or a broader cyberinfrastructure, and ends up deploying only a GeoPortal. While the cataloguing of data sets and services is . . . → Read More: Why GeoPortals are neither an SDI nor a Cyberinfrastructure

Registries – beyond databases – a better place to start

Most data-centric applications, from social media to image management, require a persistent data store, and many application developers take a database as the point of departure for building their application. This blog suggests that there is a better starting point, . . . → Read More: Registries – beyond databases – a better place to start

Wearable Computing and the Internet of Things

It is hard to go anywhere now and not see individuals, or even whole crowds of people, staring intently at their “devices”. I was walking past an outdoor café the other day and noticed that every single person on the . . . → Read More: Wearable Computing and the Internet of Things