GPS creators awarded Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

The 2019 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) was awarded to four engineers responsible for creating the first truly global, satellite-based positioning system – GPS. The prestigious engineering accolade is a £1-million prize that celebrates the global impact of engineering innovation on humanity. The 2019 winners are Dr Bradford Parkinson, Prof. James Spilker, Jr, Hugo […]

GIS at the heart of development and data integration

First held in 1999 in the US, GIS Day has evolved into a global public awareness initiative which annually takes place in November and promotes geography and GIS technology and applications. The event coincides with the US’s Geography Awareness Week, and this year the United States Senate has recognised 15 November as “National GIS Day”. […]

Biennial regional research findings published

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) released its Quality of Life (QoL) 2017/2018 survey with preliminary results in November 2018, the latest in a series of five such surveys. The survey, which covers three metros and several other local municipalities, was conducted between October 2017 and August 2018 and had 24 889 respondents. It included 248 questions […]

Applying geospatial data ethically

Geospatial data company AfriGIS’s Spatial and Data Workshop, which took place on 6 December 2018, explored updates to its datasets, the role of GIS in an organisation, and technology ethics. AfriGIS’s Brian Civin spoke about technology ethics and sustainability. That we can do something doesn’t mean that we should, he said. He reminded the audience […]