Getting Smart about Clean Water
Fresh, clean water. Life depends on it, and in its absence, calamity ensues. While intentional contamination of water sources is sometimes to blame, most often pollution comes about accidentally—and unknowingly. Smart cities strive not only to ensure citizens have access to quality water for consumption and recreation, but also to provide information about the condition […]Read More
Saying Goodbye: The Vanishing Reality of NAD83 and NAVD88
I recently attended the National Geodetic Survey’s (NGS) workshop on the future of the horizontal and vertical datums. Industry leaders and software companies gathered with NGS representatives to discuss the logistics and implications of migrating to new datums. Since the 1980s, the United States and some North American neighbors have used the North American Datum […]Read More
The Eyeball Perspective
Cartography offers an opportunity to view our world from a variety of unique perspectives. For thousands of years, cartographers have tried to create flat representations of our round planet by partitioning, measuring, mosaicking and controlling its surface. Modern cartography has further unlocked entire industries of analysis and intelligent decision-making about the land and our impact […]Read More
You’re Thinking About Open Data?
Open data is a trendy topic. From the federal data.gov portal to the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s GeoPlatform to state and local government open data portals, an increasing amount of government data is being made available as open data. What’s driving this? Citizens demand more government transparency and access to government-owned information. Many states, counties […]Read More