Kurt Drowning In Data

Drowning in data, thirsting for knowledge

Data: 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 of…

Will Carving Out A Geospatial Career

5 tips for launching a geospatial career

Geospatial 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 knowledge that I…

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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

When 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 passed a few…

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…

Then It Hit Me The Power Of Maps

“Then it hit me… the power of maps!”

It is especially hard to explain the power of geo-informatics and data visualisation in layman’s terms. I mean, not even my mum understands what I do for work. I’ve tried to explain the location data industry a hundred times, but it’s not that easy. It’s even harder when you’re doing it…

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