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Diversity: if chickens get it, why don’t we?

By Delphine DucarugeEvolutionary biologist William Muir conducted an experiment on the productivity of chickens in the 1990s. Unlike our workplaces at times, it’s easy to tell if chickens are productive – they lay lots of eggs. Margaret Heffernan does a great TED talk about it and I recommend that…

Kurt Drowning In Data

Drowning in data, thirsting for knowledge

By Kurt JanssenData: we’re drowning in it. It’s growing at an exponential rate - essentially doubling every two years. But, as Big Data guru Bernard Marr says, less than 0.5% of all data is analysed, and that number is shrinking. Not growing – shrinking! That means that what we’ve got is a lot…

Will Carving Out A Geospatial Career

5 tips for launching a geospatial career

By William JonesGeospatial is not a word you hear every day: it’s a bit of a niche industry. I certainly wish that there had been more information about potential geospatial career paths when I was a GIS grad student at University of Canterbury last year. It was more through good fortune than…

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FOSS4G Tanzania – the (literally) unchartered territories of Africa

Santosh Seshadri presented Orbica’s GeoBI work at the FOSS4G Tanzania opensource conference in August. Dar-es-Salaam. I was really surprised to learn how diverse the city was when I arrived in the full swing of August summer heat. With a rich mix of cultures, sumptuous smells of spices and…

The Top Secret Behind Orbicas Growth

The top secret behind Orbica’s growth

By Louisa TaylorWhen you’re in “start-up” mode, starting up gets in the way of everything else, including writing about starting up. That’s why I find myself writing my very first Orblog on my 1-year Orbiversary as Orbica’s chief operating officer, and wondering where the year went. We’ve…

Beyond Maps The New Landscape Of Data Visualisation

Beyond maps: the new landscape of data visualisation

If data has a location element, it’s best visualised on a map, right? Well, that depends. In geospatial teams, or with people who are GIS-orientated, we’re conditioned to think in terms of maps. The first thing we look for is, “is the data spatial? Is the data in a format that can be represented…

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