Life Cycle Approach to Powering Geospatial Data Management


Recently I published an article on Life Cycle Approach to Powering Geospatial Data Management. Here is an excerpt from that article:

Geospatial industry is focused on gathering data and getting it to the customer in a usable form, but few are concerned with the process. It is why decision-makers have an increasing number of geospatial specialists, and why those specialists are turning to workflows.

Problems are opportunities for geospatial solutions. They are reasons for professionals in our sector to develop sensors and other technology, and techniques for using that technology to process, exploit and disseminate the data from those sensors, to analyse and store it.

The path between data and the customer is paved with details the geospatial industry continues to address in various ways, too often in silos spawned by competition that inhibit the ability to derive real, comprehensive and creative solutions. Closed workflows can prevent exchanging data to meet needs that can change from minute to minute in a crisis.

The dynamic nature of data is being born out in geospatial maps that are continually used in disaster relief, Life Cycle with efforts directed by quickly established workflows to streamline data that often walk a security tightrope, and which are fed by social media that requires quick evaluation of validity.

Geospatial industry is recognising that opportunity comes through need. It is heeding the challenge thrown down by Rollén at the Geospatial World Forum two years ago, “We must find new ways to promote our technologies and enable people … enable and empower billions of people. Empower the people to create a do-it-yourself system, where you pick and choose.” And educate them to realise the options they have in picking and choosing now and in the future.

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Brad Skelton

Mr. Skelton is the Chief Technology Officer for Hexagon Geospatial. Educated at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering. He worked for a short time as a researcher at the University and then left to join with the startup ERDAS. He has spent the past 30 years working with ERDAS, now Hexagon Geospatial, to develop its widely used software products. He is now working with his peers at Hexagon Geospatial as they create the best of breed in GIS and Remote Sensing.

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