Windmills, tulips, clogs, bicycles, and stroopwafels. Each of these illustrations quickly bring the Dutch to mind, and the beautiful, unique, picturesque countryside of the Netherlands to the forefront of your imagination. Just as the wind turbine is a powerful image of sustainable energy, the ability of the Dutch to harness and manage big data is becoming just as memorable (and noteworthy).
The Netherlands is a progressive country that embraces all things geospatial – and knows the sophistication connected to simplicity. One of the leading companies in the Netherlands is Dotka Data. Recognizing the massive amount of mapping data collected since Napoleonic times, Dotka Data provides information for individual consumers, municipalities, consulting agencies, construction companies, graphic designers and more. Dotka has created a comprehensive, historic time-series library of maps and imagery covering over 200 years of Dutch history. These reports provide customized information for any area of interest to better understand the past and adequately prepare for the future. The archive is formed by digitizing archives of aerial photographs and maps into digitally remastered and georeferenced databases for online distribution.