by Patrick Meier, iRevolution Blog, Posted on April 25, 2012
The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Information Management (GGIM) recently organized a meeting of thought-leaders and visionaries in the geo-spatial world to identify the future of this space over the next 5-10 years. These experts came up with some 80+ individual predictions.
For a summary of this report, visit Predicting the Future of Global Geospatial Information Management | iRevolution. The full set of predictions on the future of global geospatial information management is available here as a PDF.
- Predicting the Future of Global Geospatial Information Management (irevolution.net)
Guest Blog: Haiti Earthquake a Year Later: What Has Space Learned?
Adriane Cornell, Space News, January 12, 2011
… After a disaster strikes, current practice ideally has it that the affected country requests aid from the United Nations, and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is then activated. Space derived data is collected from organizations that are part of the Charter and this information is sent to other organizations who then produce maps and informational reports on the disaster. These organizations then send their information to the disaster responders and the international community. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) tries throughout the process to support the complicated information exchange. …
For full text of this article, visit Guest Blog Haiti Earthquake a Year Later What Has Space Learned | SpaceNews.com.
From Google’s Lat Long blog post: “Under this agreement, the World Bank will act as a conduit to make Google Map Maker source data more widely and easily available to government organizations in the event of major disasters, and also for improved planning, management, and monitoring of public services provision. …”
In an All Points Blog post on Directions Magazine (January 16, 2012), Adena Schutzberg notes that “World Bank partner organizations, which include government and United Nations agencies, will be able to contact World Bank offices for possible access to the Google Map Maker data for their various projects. … The data is Google’s. It’s not open to the world under a free data license like OpenStreetMap is. Google makes its data tiles available via its APIs (with have their own restrictions and sometimes, fees). The Map Maker data is not open source (because that license is for software). Oh, and Google’s mapping APIs are not open source either!”
Ms. Schutzberg also raises several good questions that will need to be addressed, including “… how the World Bank will decide if a requester can have access to the data. Is it only during an emergency? Or when one is expected? Or is for long-term planning for such emergencies? … under what sort of terms (license) Google/The World Bank will hand over the data? Will it be sharable to NGOs? To citizens? …”
For full text of Adena Schutzberg’s blog post, visit Google Gives World Bank Map Maker Data Distribution Privileges – All Points Blog.
- World Bank Assumes Control of Google Map Data (readwriteweb.com)
- Empowering Citizen Cartographers (nytimes.com)
- Redesign of Google Map Maker means anyone can make maps (news.consumerreports.org)