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Protracted Progress on Polygon Pricing ?

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Ordnance Survey in the dock over re-use of Land Registry Index Polygons

How much ‘coincidence’ and ‘possibility of substitution’ is there between the Land Registry’s INSPIRE Index Polygons and Ordnance Survey’s MasterMap polygons? What should be the ‘appropriate’ licence terms – and what should Ordnance Survey be able to charge – for commercial re-use of the INSPIRE Index Polygons? OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information) has recommended that these questions be answered by OS and Land Registry by certain deadlines this summer.


AGI Big 5 Debate - Future Cities Report

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The first of the AGI’s 2014 event series opened in the stunning Glasgow City Chambers on 18 March. The turn-out of over 170 was a fantastic start to the AGI’s 25th anniversary celebrations and evidence of the strong GI community coming together around a key topic – Future Cities. Abigail Page reports:


Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, opened the event in the city that hosts the Future Cities demonstrator project for the UK. Councillor Matheson complemented the AGI on looking good at 25 and reflected on the changes that have been seen in technology and our industry over that period. He outlined the opportunities for geographic information to enable us to see the world differently and the key role that GI can play in supporting policy and changing the lives of citizens.


Event Report: International CES 2014 - 27 Zones for the "prosumer"

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Robotics, UAVs, VR, 3D printing, location aware devices can all set consumers twitching. But these technologies have plenty of crossover apps for business too. From Fleetwood Mac to Will.i.am, Adam P. Spring reports from Las Vegas’s star-studded mega International Consumer Electronics Show (CES):

The International Consumer Electronics Show “CES” was first held in New York in 1967. It now attracts 150,000 + visitors each January, and has been held in Las Vegas since it changed from bi-annual to yearly format in 1998. One of the largest trade shows to run on an annual basis, it is the event to attend for an holistic view of the consumer technology scene. Unmanned aerial vehicles “UAVs”, laser scanning and 3D printing featured across all four days of the show.

Spatial technologies were packaged in multiple ways at CES 2014. Location aware devices, UAVs, 3D printing and robotic systems all held a prominent place in both the conference and exhibition areas. Augmented reality and connected devices were also en vogue. For example, Google Glass and crowd-funded projects like Oculus have paved the way for affordable virtual reality headsets. Even Sony demonstrated a commitment to VR wear through its HMZ-T3Q headset – a wearable 750 inch HDTV with a 45 degree field of view.

Image: The Oculus headset demonstrated it was viable to bring a VR headset to market.


Event Report: GeoForum - Christi makes a Splash

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The GeoForum lecture was delivered by Arnulf Christi, a founding director and past president of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) London headquarters in January. The subject as advertised was SplashMaps (printed maps designed for the outdoors, as shown left) but the audience was treated to a great deal more from this buzzy and inspiring speaker. Richard Groom reports:

Open Everything
Arnulf Christi is a passionate advocate of anything “open”. He was a founding director and past president of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and is now a consultant on all things geospatial or, as he says, “metaspatial”.

Much of his talk took us at a gallop through the development of computers. Most of the audience would have known a fair bit about hardware and software but Christi’s viewpoint is so quirky that all of us must have left the event having learnt something new, or at least with an improved understanding. His (unsaid) point was that open source is part of the natural development of computing. The first computers consisted of hardware only – no software. The term “software” was only actually coined by John W Tukay in 1958. Christi argued that software is untouchable, unbreakable and does not degrade but, most significantly, it multiplies when shared. You can’t steal software, you can only copy it. He has a point.

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Geo: The Big Five - are you ready for a year of GI debates?

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Chris Rhodes, marketing and communication specialist, Association for Geographic Information (AGI), sets out the story behind a series of critical events this year to examine the current five “Big Issues” in GI.

Where do you think GeoSpatial can impact in 2014? As part of its 25 Year Anniversary celebrations, the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) will host a programme of events, round-tables and speak with industry experts across five Big Issues raised by our membership.

Throughout last year, a number of discussions were held both within the AGI and with a wider audience at events, conferences and online as to what the big issues in the spatial sphere are in 2014. The issues emerging from these discussions broadly fit in to five separate topics: