Hackathon to test earth observation data processing capabilities

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Earth Observation Exploitation Platform Hackathon 2018 will test the readiness of new, interoperable cloud-deployment architectures for processing of earth observation data. The hackathon aims to demonstrate that the Testbed-13 results, described in the consortium’s engineering reports, are fit for purpose. With the reports outlining several options, this hackathon will identify […]

Improving geospatial data visualisation in web maps

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Portrayal Concept Development Study (CDS) will assess the current state of portrayal of symbology for web-based mapping, ultimately releasing and presenting a report that will overview the findings and provide recommendations for further action. The information gained in the study will aid in developing a series of future pilots that […]

Land survey act under review

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform has published the Land Survey Amendment Bill 2017 for public comment on 22 December 2017, with comments due by 20 February 2018. The bill proposes amendments to the Land Survey Act 8 of 1997, and has four objectives: aligning the act with the current structure of the […]

Cyber risk insurance still less than tangible assets

The 2017 EMEA Cyber Risk Transfer Comparison Report, recently released by Aon in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute, found that organisations recognise the growing value of technology and data assets relative to historical tangible assets, though they are spending four times more on insurance for property, plant and equipment (PP&E) risks. The report is based […]

SA asserts its role in continent’s earth observation

The South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Dr Clement Adjorlolo and Nosiseko Mashiyi, led by Earth Observation managing director Andiswa Mlisa, attended the AfricaGIS 2017 Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 20 to 24 November 2017. The AfricaGIS conference and exhibition focuses on geo-information science and technologies in Africa, with the principal objective to provide […]

Utilising geo-information in times of crises

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS) will assess the state of data and product exchange technologies as used in disaster planning, response, and recovery. The study will aid in developing a series of future pilots to advance the state of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) that support disaster risk reduction globally. […]

Incubators launched in Cape Town and Lagos

Pan-African entrepreneurial training programme, seed fund, and incubator Mest has launched two new incubator spaces in Cape Town, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria as the programme continues to expand beyond its headquarters in Accra, Ghana. The spaces will cater to everyone from startup founders and teams, to investors and corporate executives, as well as offer co-working. […]

Automating data flow between GIS and BIM

Phase 2 of the Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Future City Pilot aims to improve the automation of the flow of data between geospatial systems (GIS) and building information models (BIM) systems, as well as address a number of related interoperability challenges. The OGC is seeking interested sponsors to define the challenges for Phase 2 of […]

Small satellite symposium a platform for ideas

South Africa’s first United Nations Symposium on Small Satellite Technology, attended by some 140 delegates from 33 countries, drew to a close this week on the campus of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape, South Africa. The symposium provided a forum for exchanging ideas between the continent’s leading satellite manufacturers, and also engaged international industry leaders. […]

Navigation network nears completion

Four more Galileo navigation satellites have been launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in mid-December 2017, with only one launch remaining to complete the Galileo constellation and delivering global coverage. Galileo is Europe’s civil global satellite navigation system, which will allow users worldwide to know their exact position in time and space with great precision […]