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Latest in open geospatial standards and pilot projects

The last few weeks have been busy for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international consortium that develops publicly available geospatial standards, which has announced a number of initiatives and candidate standards to support interoperable solutions that geo-enable the web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Borehole and associated data interoperability experiment Interested parties […]

How lidar is helping clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Pacific Ocean is a junk yard for the waste that humans dump from their coastal cities or lose overboard from ships. Its currents push the trash into the middle of the ocean where it remains for years, concentrated into a region called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Lidar is playing an important role in […]

Workshop explores ocean economy in the Indian Ocean Region

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hosted a workshop during April under the Blue Economy theme titled “Sea Change: Socio-Economic and Sustainability Goals on National Ocean Strategies”. The event took place on 10 April 2018 at the SAIIA head office in Johannesburg and was attended by local and international participants from government, civil […]

Embracing the science of data

The importance of data in the digital society cannot be overestimated. Companies need to constantly review, analyse, and interrogate the data they have at their disposal to enable better decision-making as well as improved solution development. Data science goes beyond data analysis. With worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics expected to reach more […]

Multidimensional poverty mapping of the Gauteng City Region

Following the Gauteng City Region Observatory’s (GCRO) earlier multidimensional poverty map based on 2013 data, this article presents an update based on Quality of Life Survey IV (2015/16) survey data to show how a multidimensional poverty of the Gauteng City Region was created. Poverty is often measured in terms of income. An alternative approach is […]

Landmark retrieval competition puts AI to the test

Prof. Miroslaw Bober and his team (Mikel Bober-Irizar and Dr Sameed Husain) from the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey have won the Google Landmark Retrieval Challenge. The challenge was to develop the most accurate AI technology to automatically identify landmarks and retrieve relevant photographs from a database. […]

Irregular municipal expenditure up by 75%

Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) has expressed concern about the 75% increase in irregular municipal expenditure, from R16,212-billion in the previous year to R28,376-billion in the year under review, as reported in the recent Auditor General’s report. CESA believes the main reason for the increase in irregular expenditure is the continued non-compliance with supply chain […]

Borehole and associated data interoperability experiment

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites interested parties to participate in its borehole and associated data interoperability experiment – the Borehole IE. Geological and geophysical data play a crucial role in contemporary society. Any application that needs to probe the underground relies on these data, including raw material exploration, hydrology, oil and gas, mining, civil […]

Visual analysis best practices

This article outlines simple techniques for making data visualisation useful and aesthetically pleasing. It does not provide instructions for building visualisations, but provides tips for making visualisations more effective. The difference between a good visualisation and a great one is that a great visualisation helps you understand more about the data more quickly. There are […]