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  • Wednesday, Sep 03
    2:50 PM - 3:56 PM EDT
    Making Location Work for Smart Cities - the Case for Location Standards

    Just the facts

    With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) population numbers are quickly being out-paced by the number of Internet-connected devices. This explosion in devices, many of them mobile, has resulted a corresponding explosion in location-based data.  And with over half the world’s population now living in cities, municipal services are strained.  More efficient use of city resources will require the use of location-based data in order to improve utilities management and emergency response, expand the capabilities of urban maps and help citizens and businesses achieve their goals.  Yet, without standards for communicating location information, apps and servers cannot exchange data about the locations of people, places and things. Join this webinar to learn how the smartest cities are facilitating interoperability.

    In this webinar you will learn:

    • What location information is vital in a Smart City, and why communicating location information is so problematic
    • What location standards are available, who implements them, and which standards have not yet been completed
    • What Smart Cities are doing to promote and benefit from open standards that make location information publishable, discoverable, assessable, accessible and usable

    More details

    Smart Cities encourage and in some cases mandate standard ways of encoding points, lines, polygons, 3D urban models, routes, LiDAR point clouds, and aerial images through indoor and outdoor location standards, web access standards, and sensor standards.


    Dr. Steve Liang, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

    Carsten Roensdorf, Spatial Data Expert and Advisor, Ordnance Survey

    George Percivall, Chief Engineer, Open Geospatial Consortium

    Who should attend

    City planners and CIOs, companies that provide Smart City solutions, universities involved in Smart City activities

  • Thursday, Sep 04
    2:48 PM - 4:18 PM EDT
    Learning Open Web Mapping from Start to Finish

    Just the facts

    Many GIS software professionals are interested in putting their maps online using free and open source software, but don’t know where to start. The array of available open source products can be overwhelming and the documentation fragmented, making it a challenge to integrate data, servers and clients into an efficient Web mapping architecture. Penn State University has created an online course called Open Web Mapping which covers the theory and architecture of Web mapping. The course guides students through the process of taking their raw spatial data and turning it into an interactive Web map.

    In this webinar you will learn about

    • free, open source software available for Web mapping
    • transforming raw data into interactive Web maps
    • free online access to Penn State’s Open Web Mapping lesson materials and open source Web mapping software

    More details

    Lessons in Penn State’s Open Web Mapping course offer detailed tutorials of popular open source GIS software such as QGIS, GDAL, GeoServer, TileMill, and OpenLayers. This course is intended as an open resource for the GIS community, therefore the lessons are freely visible online through a Creative Commons license.


    • Sterling Quinn, Instructor, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, The Pennsylvania State University
    • Current students from Penn State’s Open Web Mapping course

    Who should attend

    Anyone interested in learning Open Web Mapping or advancing GIS skills through online learning

  • Tuesday, Sep 16
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
    Developing an Aerial Image Workflow for UAVs

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    Just the facts
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) promise better, cheaper and more frequent data collection. Whether you are already using a drone or are considering one, join LizardTech to learn what to do with your collected image data. We'll provide an overview of the image processing workflow and discuss options for image storage and delivery.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    • Basics of georeferencing, mosaicking and orthorectifying imagery
    • Possible image outputs from imagery, including orthomosaics, DEMs and point clouds
    • Options for compressing and distributing imagery

    More details
    LizardTech is a leader in providing the fastest, easiest and most stable way to distribute compressed, high-resolution raster imagery via standard protocols, even in bandwidth-starved environments.

    This webinar is part of a broader ongoing webinar series on UAVs coordinated by Directions’ GeoSpatial Webinars. Episodes in this series cover legal and privacy aspects, UAV technology and applications, and more—look for additional UAV-related webinars throughout Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

    Jon Skiffington, Director of Product Management, and Robert Parker, Sales Engineer, both from LizardTech

    Who should attend
    Anyone who captures imagery with a UAV  

  • Thursday, Oct 02
    2:00 PM - 2:40 PM EDT
    Geocode Where You’ve Never Geocoded Before - Verify and Geocode Worldwide Address Data with the Loqate API

    Just the facts

    Inaccurate geocodes are costly and waste vital resources when mapping and analyzing geospatial data. This webinar will clarify the importance of precision geocoding and the cost of having inaccurate geocodes. Loqate will showcase its address validation and geocode solution, and show how easy it is to access and integrate its API into a new or existing application or GIS workflow.

    In this webinar you will learn

    • the importance of getting accurate, reliable geocodes and why some popular geocoders fail
    • the value in providing precision geocoding for all 240+ countries and territories worldwide
    • how Loqate geocodes an address, from the point of capture to final coordinates
    • how to incorporate the Loqate Geocode API as part of your workflow or application, on-premises or in the cloud

    More details

    Loqate's Address Quality suite includes the ability to validate and geocode address data for all 240+ countries and territories worldwide.  Known in the market as being the only installable worldwide geocoder, the engine will also standardize, verify, and locate addresses in other character scripts such as Kanji, Hangul, and Hebrew.


    Elie Challita, Product Marketing Manager

    Katy Hammond, Senior Channel Manager, GIS

    TBD Additional speaker

    Who should attend

    CTOs, CIOs, Business Development, Data Managers, Product Managers, Geospatial Developers/Analysts/Technicians and Consultants, Spatial Data Specialists

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