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Report from the OGC Technical Committee in Abu Dhabi, UAE Ministry of Interior, UN GGIM

Earlier this year, the OGC held its first Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings in the Middle East. With patronage by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister of Interior, the meeting was hosted by the GIS Center for Security, Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior. We were honored to have good representation from OGC international members and guests, with many attendees from the UAE and other nations from the region representing industry, government, NGO and academic organizations.   During the week, 21 working

Mobile Development

"Mobile First!"  Why?  Because mobile is exploding; because mobile forces you to focus; and because mobile extends your capabilities. Take two minutes to watch the introduction of this Luke Wroblewski video.  Over the next few years, tablets will have a compound annual growth rate of 35%;  Smart phones will grow by 18% (Canalys).  Yrjö Neuvo, former Nokia CTO, predicts that by 2020, mobile users will be

From reactive to preventative Health Care - a role for Open Map Standards

  • Posted on: 10 May 2013
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Eddie Oldfield

Over the past decade, health authorities have used geospatial technologies to help respond to influenza outbreaks, plan responses to public health risks of extreme weather conditions, implement breast cancer programs, track West Nile virus, and much more. Wider use of OGC standards by the health mapping community would make more data and processing resources discoverable, assessable and accessible. On May 31 the OGC will hold a free public webinar to review the charter for an OGC Health Domain Working Group.

Internet of Things

"The Computer for 21st Century" does not have a keyboard or a monitor.  Ubiquitous computing is arriving as the Internet of Things (IoT), transparently embedded in everyday devices in your home and in your city.   M. Weiser from Xerox-PARC in 1991 envisioned "tabs" that we would always carry, now people live and sleep with their phones.  Data for connected devices will transform society at a scale even beyond the WWW.  All devices and the data they produce will come with a location using   GPS/GNSS and soon

The Power of Location

“Location targeting is the holy grail for marketers.” This statement was directed to an entire industry at Mobile World Congress by Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of the world's largest advertising company by revenues. While this may be a revelation of a new reality to some, the geographer reading this might be saying, "Where's Waldo?" The so-called first law of geography from Waldo Tobler is "Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things.” This was recently validated by analysis of

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