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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 […]

Why giving South Africans title deeds isn’t the panacea for land reform

The land reform debate in South Africa has become increasingly polarised since Parliament resolved to consider amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation. But the slow pace of land reform – a process that aims to address the dispossession of the previously oppressed black majority – will not be solved by amending the Constitution. That is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Geomatics: Addressing the elephants in the room

Following the successful AfricaGEO 2018 Conference in Gauteng, please allow me to share a few observations. After the provisional conference programme was announced, I was excited about the various sessions relating to challenges in the geomatics profession. Despite its profound history, the geomatics profession (particularly land surveying) is becoming less popular compared to professions such […]