There is a new wave of excitement in the location community since the Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2018 became law in 2018 in the United States. Beyond codifying the committees, processes, and tools used to develop, drive and manage the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), the GDA effectively represents a formal recognition of the essential role of geospatial data and technology in understanding and managing our world. For those not familiar, the US Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) fact sheet serves as an excellent summary.
The well-known and commonly used proverb "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” places health in first place before wealth and wisdom. Indeed, good health is of paramount importance to us all, but achieving it depends on our wisdom and (unfortunately) also often our wealth.
Interoperability is a major challenge for the Internet of Things (IoT). The real potential of IoT, like the potential of the Internet itself, lies in “systems of IoT systems” rather than IoT systems that operate as isolated technology silos. Real interoperability requires layers of standards, and each layer addresses different interoperability challenges.
The FOODIE project (Farm Oriented Open Data in Europe (http://www.foodie-project.eu/) has the goal of building an open cloud-based agricultural specialized platform hub for the collection, management and processing of data related to the agri-food sector.
The advent of smartphones and the use of GPS technology has sky-rocketed in recent years. All of us have had the experience, however, of following the directions provided by the device and finding ourselves “not quite” at the destination. This is often because the geo-coordinates accessed by the device are usually rendered by satellite and represent a general approximation of home or business, not necessarily the “front door”.
ProgrammableWeb, an online news and directory for web-based application programming interfaces (APIs) references more than 13,900 APIs, which is up from 6,000 registered APIs in May 2012. This phenomenal growth! The number one category of web APIS by far is Mapping with more than 4,500 APIs. This is more than Social, Mobile or Finance! Perhaps this is why over the last 6 months there has been considerable discussion in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) concerning APIs: What is an API, is there an ontology for classifying APIs, does the OGC develop APIs, and so forth.