Winter  >>  2013  

Publisher’s Letter

Announcing the Location Media Alliance

Dear Readers,

Imaging Notes is proud to be a part of the Location Media Alliance (LMA), which includes also LBx Journal, Sensors & Systems, Informed Infrastructure, and Asian Surveying & Mapping. We offer a combined audience of 59,200 business, technology, and policy professionals. The LMA promotes the power of location analytics and geospatial and remote sensing technologies to improve our world—socially, politically, and economically—with more efficient businesses, smarter built environments, and the better stewardship of our planet’s scarce resources.

The LMA will cross-promote and work together in all aspects of our publications, serving distinct user and vendor domains while collectively spanning the full breadth of the geospatial industry and location-based applications. LMA offers an unprecedented coordinated media and advertising distribution platform for optimum market education and brand recognition. Cross-cutting all publications will be quarterly themes, including in the current issues precision agriculture (see page 30). Upcoming themes for all publications are water (Spring), energy (Summer) and security (Fall).

We are celebrating the launch of LMA at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum. Read about bathymetric LiDAR used after Hurricane Sandy.

DigitalGlobe and GeoEye confirmed the combination of their two companies on Jan. 31, 2013. This begins a new era for imagery, as the combined company will provide a wider variety of earth imagery and geospatial analysis to help customers solve their most complex problems, and to serve better the global market.

An article about Astrium’s offerings will appear in our Spring 2013 issue. In late January, an important announcement was made at the DGI conference in London by Esri President Jack Dangermond: Esri and DigitalGlobe are expanding their strategic partnership through a collaborative offering of global high-resolution imagery that will be accessible directly from ArcGIS Online\ as dynamic cloud-based image services.Esri’s Director of Imagery Lawrie Jordan noted, “Making recently collected imagery available quickly and simply to millions of GIS users globally is a compelling example of the benefits of leveraging cloud-based GIS as a platform. This is a game-changer for the industry and for our users."

Other exciting developments are occurring under the banner of GeoDesign. At this year’s GeoDesign Summit, Bran Ferren of Applied Minds noted that GIS is layers of data at one time, while GeoDesign is a “geo-temporal domain,” with temporal compression of data, giving us the ability to tell stories about the past, and future. He says that we must be brave and use GeoDesign to build a “Bill of Rights for the Planet.” We can use science combined with engineering and design to rise above the rhetoric and start a public dialog about the subjects that really matter. Watch for articles in the Spring issue.

Finally, not a moment too soon, The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (to be named Landsat 8 after launch) is scheduled for launch Feb. 11, 2013, just after we go to press with this issue. We talk to Jenn Sabers of EROS Center. This mission is important for the continuity of the nearly 40-year dataset, provided free of charge for users around the world.

Thank you to our long-time strategic partners, Secure World Foundation (read Ray Williamson’s column) and the Alliance for Earth Observations (read the interview with Nancy Colleton on page 20). Thanks also to other long-term Editorial Board members Mark Brender, Anita Burke, Bill Gail and Kevin Pomfret.

Our final board member is Anne Hale Miglarese, who is CEO of newly formed PLANETiQ, a company that will launch a minimum of 12 satellites primarily for weather forecasting, with the vision of having their data available within three minutes! Read more.

I am more excited than ever to be a part of this industry, as the convergence of cloud computing, Big Data (see article), standards and crowdsourcing/Community Remote Sensing all come together to bring us closer to the vision of a true “living planet” – a representation of our planet online with real-time data for every part of the world, to be used for the greater good.

It is truly a privilege to be able to report on the trends and new applications that are developing all the time. Thank you for reading. Please email feedback, and keep a close eye on your next issues! We have more exciting news of our own!

Best regards,

Myrna James Yoo
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