The EU Copyright Directive could threaten OpenStreetMap

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament will vote for a third time on the new EU Copyright Directive. Article 13 of the new directive will de-facto force content platforms to filter uploaded contributions by their users. If a platform does not prevent uploading of copyright-protected content in accordance with “high industry standards of professional […]

South Africa’s new estuary information system

The new South African Estuary Information System (SAEIS) and Database (SAED) can now be accessed at http://saeis.saeon.ac.za. The SAEIS website currently accommodates information on 275 estuaries, as well as 2270 literary works and 3006 images. The new site follows a re-write to overcome problems that made the old website dysfunctional and unusable for many years. […]

Global RPAS specific operation risk assessment guidelines revised

The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) has updated its guidelines on Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) for RPAS, which it published online at http://jarus-rpas.org/publications. JARUS Working Group 6 (Safety and Risk Management) along with Working Group 4 (Detect and Avoid) have been collaborating to consolidate the guidelines, taking into account the internal […]

3D cadastres best practices published

The latest publication in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Publication series is Best Practice 3D Cadastre which is edited by Peter van Oosterom. At the end of the two most recent four-year terms (2010-2014 and 2014-2018) of the joint commission 3 “Spatial Information Management” and commission 7 “Cadastre and Land Management,” the FIG Working […]

ASAQS joins international group of quantity surveyors

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) was recently awarded Associate Member Status of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors. The PAQS is an international association whose members are fully fledged associations that fall within the Asia Pacific area or border the Pacific Ocean, all of whom represent the quantity surveying profession in the […]

Mapping cyclone Idai floods using radar satellite imagery

As millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe struggle to cope with the aftermath of what could be the southern hemisphere’s worst storm, Copernicus Sentinel-1 is one of the satellite missions being used to map flooded areas to help relief efforts. Cyclone Idai swept through this part of southeast Africa over the last few […]

Case study assesses Moscow’s smart city journey

A new case study from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) offers an evaluation of Moscow’s progress in meeting the objectives of its smart city strategies and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The case study, Implementing ITU-T International Standards to Shape Smart Sustainable Cities: The Case of Moscow​, was undertaken using the Key Performance […]

Commuter travel behaviour survey commences in Gauteng

The survey, which commenced on 22 March 2019 (pilot), is aimed at gathering comprehensive data on the travel behaviour of commuters. This survey provides travel information on Gauteng residents, and the results (data) will be used for transport planning and to measure progress in solving transport challenges. It will provide a snapshot of the perception […]

Transforming earth observations to actionable information for SDGs

The NextGEOSS data hub and platform is now open for public use and will facilitate the fast and scalable transformation of earth observation data into actionable information and knowledge across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Copernicus is a major contribution to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Global Earth Observation System of […]

SA to drive the global earth observation agenda

South Africa became lead co-chair of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in November 2018 at GEO Week. The function of the lead co-chair is to preside over the GEO plenary and executive committee, as well as to set priorities for the year and work closely with the GEO secretariat to advance the group’s mission. […]