We live in a world stealthily powered by Web Services and APIs: nearly everything we do on our laptops and mobile devices uses background services to talk over the Internet. These services are especially important for applications providing access to small subsets of information, based on a user’s location, fed from large, remotely stored datasets. Any quality issues in the communication between the applications and their backend services quickly become critical, causing bad user experience for tens of thousands of people.
The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGRC) have established the Social Analytics Strategic Network (SASNet), a research-based network focused on capacity building for social analytics of emerging forms of data, including big data. Geospatial data represents one of the key data types across many of the UBDC and SASNet activities.
The OGC Health Domain Working Group organized an OGC Health Summit, June 21, in Dublin Ireland, to bring attention to health market requirements, technical solutions, advances in geospatial standards, and implementation examples / health applications. The OGC Health Summit:
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.
In 2015, the World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) underwent renewal in order to modernize workflows, implementation and provide added value to the Ozone/UV communities. WOUDC is one of six World Data Centres which are part of the Global Atmosphere Watch programme of the World Meteorological Organization.
It was a great personal pleasure for me to attend the the 98th OGC Technical Committee Meeting earlier this month at the World Bank in Washington, DC. The venue, attendees and scope of important work made me immensely proud of the organization that I have served for more than 21 years.