Analytics: Bringing Geospatial Data to Life

Posted by Larry Malloy on Sep 29, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Geospatial data is leveraged as a layer in so many applications that its value is finally being realized by governments and private businesses. But it’s the analytics within those applications that really brings the data to life. In this article, we are going to discuss what analytics are and list several applications of analytics in real world situations.

What is an analytic? For our purposes, we will use the following definition: Analytics are the automated interpretation of multiple datasets to obtain insight, an answer or analysis.

With this definition, here are some examples of analytics in action:

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Topics: GIS, Analytics, DEM, Geospatial Audit, Spatial Data Infrastructure

Geospatial data and the Internet of Things

Posted by Larry Malloy on Sep 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s hard to read any article on technology trends without the topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) coming up. The IoT links together products, devices, objects, networks, and data. Location-based data is a critical element to the IoT and your mobile device is the central component.

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Topics: GIS, Digital Elevation Models, Geospatial Audit, Spatial Data Infrastructure, IoT

Is Antiquated GIS Thinking Holding You Back?

Posted by Larry Malloy on Jun 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In a recent article for GISCafe, Matt Sheehan asks the question, “GIS Has Changed, Have You?” It’s a great question to ponder. It’s often our antiquated thinking that holds us back from leveraging new technology to our advantage.

Over the last 5 years, we have seen dramatic changes in technology and the GIS industry as a whole. In the article, Mr. Sheehan talks about 4 ways to better use GIS which includes:

  • From desktop GIS to cloud and mobile GIS.
  • Super flexible web GIS applications.
  • From map making to business problem solving.
  • Access, awareness, analytics.
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Topics: GIS, Digital Elevation Models, DEM, Geospatial Software, Spatial Data Infrastructure

The Role of Digital Elevation Data in Government Decisions

Posted by Larry Malloy on Jun 2, 2016 1:59:57 PM

Government leaderships are beginning to understand the power of geospatial data and its critical role in decision making in order to achieve national goals. Elevation data should be part of the foundation for strategic planning, and critical to reaching those objectives. Whether it’s growing their economy, feeding their people, protecting their borders, keeping the population healthy and productive, or minimizing natural disasters, geospatial data can play a critical role in attaining many national priorities.


Elevation data is used in numerous applications including land management, wildlife and natural resource management, aviation, public safety, water management, disaster planning and mitigation, community development, climate change research, infrastructure and construction management, flood risk management, and national security. When geospatial data is gathered for the entire region and shared across agencies, resources are maximized, and national progress accelerates.

In the past, elevation data was primarily gathered on a project-by-project basis rather than part of a national or regional dataset. Data was rarely shared across agencies. Because of this, the same data was often gathered and paid for numerous times by different agencies. The benefits were minimal and mostly contained within a project rather than across the whole country, state, territory, or province.

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Topics: Digital Elevation Models, Spatial Data Infrastructure

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