Category Archives: Spatial IT/GIS

Datum Transformations

Using OSTN15 with QGIS

As you may be aware, the United Kingdom has a new transformation model that is OSTN15. But why? What does it mean to the geospatial community? Without being too nerdy, tectonic plate movement means that the “model” surface (the geoid) is slowly moving away from being the best fit for the coordinate system. It has...

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Layla Gordon, Ordnance Survey Technology Laboratory Engineer

What is the Ordnance Survey Technology Laboratory? I managed to get an interview with one of the UK’s national mapping agency’s engineers, Layla Gordon, who has been working on some interesting geospatial tech. ND: How did your education lead you to OS (Ordnance Survey) and geospatial? LG: Back in 1994 I was doing a degree...

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The Problem with QGIS and csv Files

Last month I was at the Maptime in Southampton (UK), helping QGIS new users with how to join tables and map EU referendum maps, when I came across an issue with something on QGIS I hadn’t spotted in the last *ahem* years of using it. When you drag and drop txt, csv, or other delimited...

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Pokémon Go Leads the AR Revolution

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series July 2016Six months ago when I claimed that augmented reality was the future of GIS and geospatial services, it was met with a few sniggers. This week has seen the arrival of Pokémon Go, one of the most popular games to hit the mobile phone...

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Geography Professor Pikachu?*

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series July 2016The single largest coordinated global geo-education event might just be … Pokémon GO! *Yes, aficionados have been quick to point out that the professor in the app is Professor Willow, but many readers might only connect the name Pikachu with the world of Pokémon....

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Always Get Independent Advice & Avoid the #geotroll

Ever since I started tweeting and blogging, I’ve received messages about using certain software, or how expensive a software is, or sometimes threats over my choice of software. It falls on deaf ears; I am independent. ANY geospatial software, no matter cost or design, is worth considering to some respect. Sure, some may meet your...