Testbed aims for new levels of geo-interoperability

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites interested organisations to respond to the call for participation for its Testbed-15 Innovation Initiative. Testbed-15 aims to explore new levels of interoperable geospatial data processing with a focus on data-centric security, federated clouds, service and application discovery, portrayal, machine learning, and delta updates. OGC Testbeds are part of OGC’s […]

Standard committee meeting to focus on marine and built environment

The 110th OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meeting will have the themes of “Marine” and “The Built Environment” and marks the first time that the committees have met in Singapore. The meeting will be sponsored by the Singapore Land Authority and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and held at the National University of Singapore […]

SA government cloud rolled out to first client

The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) embarked on infrastructure modernisation to re-engineer its digital environment into modern facilities, including the introduction of cloud capability. It has now implemented the next key phase in creating this ecosystem, building its biggest cloud infrastructure to date, in partnership with Huawei, IBM and Gijima. SITA’s cloud computing programme gave […]

Marine SDI concept development study seeks input

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is requesting information to help shape the Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study (MSDI- CDS), which will assess the current state of data management and exchange technologies used in the marine domain. The marine domain describes all phenomena and activities that occur within, around, or are related to, the […]

Weather satellite successfully launched

Weather satellite MetOp-C is in orbit after being launched in November 2018. Built by Airbus, the satellite is the last of the first generation of EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) series of three polar-orbiting satellites. MetOp-C is joining its predecessors MetOp-A and -B in an 817 km orbit. Both predecessors have exceeded their designated lifetime by […]

Necsa board, chairman and CEO on the ropes…

Independent reports are being received by EE Publishers that energy minister Jeff Radebe has requested the Necsa board to provide reasons why it should not be removed, and that issues relating the Necsa chairman are central to this matter. It appears that the issues raised by the minister with the board concern matters of governance, […]

Celebrating 41 years of service to the geomatics profession

Geomatics veteran Raubie Raubenheimer will retire as Head of Department: Surveying and GIS at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) at the end of this academic year, having served the geomatics profession for 41 years. He also served several voluntary organisations such as the South African Geomatics Council and the South African Geomatics Institute. Nathan […]

Creating spatial data infrastructure through collaboration

The Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) have convened a joint workshop in Pretoria in September 2018 around the theme “collaborative custodianship through collaborative cloud mapping”. The workshop looked at collaborative mapping and collaborative custodianship as ways to create and maintain national spatial data infrastructure (SDI). SDI is the fundamental […]

New national projection and cartesian coordinate system proposed

South Africa is planning to change its national coordinate and projection system, which has profound consequences for surveying, mapping, engineering and high accuracy positioning applications, and for measurement more generally. The proposed changes are open for public comment until 30 November 2018. South Africa currently uses the Gauss Conform Projection (a special case of the […]