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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…

Then It Hit Me The Power Of Maps

“Then it hit me… the power of maps!”

By Santosh SeshadriIt 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…

Coming Full Circle

Coming full circle

By Kurt Janssen In our industry, we’re always dealing with maps and data on this orb we call earth. So it’s kind of natural that things come full circle after a while. Orbica has almost reached the one-year landmark – well, we will in February – so that’s one orbit nearly complete. We’ve achieved…

Orbica Internship

Orbica Internship

By Neal Johnston Internships are an important stepping stone to start a career in the GIS industry. As graduates from the University of Canterbury, both Kurt and myself are very keen supporters in giving back to the University that educated us and put us both on the course to our current careers.…