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  • Crowdsourced Geospatial Data Takes Precedence

    September 27th, 2016

    Crowdsourcing isn’t a new idea, but it is a novel concept for many government agencies, especially when it comes to data collection. Several innovative programs across the public sector are effectively crowdsourcing GIS data to augment existing data sets, enhance traditional processes, improve emergency response, and more.

  • Understanding the Flexibility of Open Source Licensing

    August 29th, 2016

    Open source geospatial software use continues to grow, as more users realize the value it brings an organization in reducing license management and costs, preventing single vendor lock-in, and promoting interoperability. As a result, Boundless now has a number of partners and integrators who have developed both open and closed solutions on top of Boundless Suite. Building open solutions enables an organization to leverage the advantages of community participation. Namely that you aren’t maintaining your own forked code base, but are fulfilling your social obligation to share back with the community, and allowing for contributed code to live within the open source community. On the other hand, developing proprietary or closed solutions in conjunction with open source allows greater control of intellectual property.

  • The Benefits of Collaborative GIS

    July 8th, 2016

    Talk of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) evokes images of maps of cities, towns and remote locations. While GIS is incredibly valuable for departments and agencies that protect national security and maintain infrastructure, visualizations offered by GIS tools go far beyond industries reliant on maps and directions.

  • Sensing our Place with the Internet of Things

    April 11th, 2016

    We are increasingly becoming a more connected society; we strap on IoT wearables to our wrists, carry smart phones that connect to each other, and have connected thermostats, lights, fridges, and security systems in our homes. Beyond the efficiencies we find in our personal lives with connected devices, IoT sensors are providing real results business, particularly with real-time geographical data analysis. Geography is quickly becoming a critical component in how our IoT devices collect and store data. Information streams now offer analysts the ability to contextualize data and perform real-world analysis on the information coming in from the variety of IoT devices. The combination of location and device-collected data has huge potential for improving citizen’s lives and easing the day-to-day work across various public sector organizations.

  • The Benefits of Hybrid GIS

    March 10th, 2016

    Government has realized that building a GIS platform with proprietary and open source technologies can help agencies reduce risk and add value to their GIS architecture by avoiding single-vendor lock-in, minimizing costs associated with unsustainable proprietary licensing models, and promoting interoperability with existing software and architecture. Hybrid GIS architectures are allowing users to adopt more gradual, risk-appropriate migration strategies that avoid the rip and replace method that can destroy agency tech budgets.

  • 5 Considerations for Situational Awareness Planning

    February 26th, 2016

    Situational awareness can be defined simply as awareness of what’s going on around you. For individuals, this means understanding your immediate surroundings and seeing who is there, where the nearest exit is, how far is the next intersection, and other direct geographical components. For those involved in national security, situational awareness is decidedly more complex. Situational Awareness in the DoD encompasses the knowledge and understanding of what is happening on networks, the cyber security systems in place that defend them, and what is happening with forces deployed world-wide.

  • The Rise of ABI and the Impact of GIS

    February 4th, 2016

    Activity Based Intelligence (ABI) is a practice that grew through the changing dynamics of threats posed to nation states. Without a defined nation-backed enemy coupled with more and more threats coming from loosely based organizations, traditional location-based surveillance is no longer enough. ABI looks at not just where something is happening but why; today it’s a multi-intelligence approach to human activity and transactional data analysis that seeks to resolve unknowns and develop object and network knowledge and relation.

  • Replacing Google Enterprise with Boundless OpenGeo Suite

    January 12th, 2016

    One of the biggest announcements in 2015 was Google’s decision to end support for their Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Enterprise Client solutions. These solutions allow users to create their own custom maps and globes on private networks, or replace the default content served by Google with content from your own organization. You can read more about Google’s decision on their blog here and here, and even read an update to Terms of Service last week for Google Earth Pro.