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#geochat: Let’s talk about “maps for machines” with HERE

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What’s special about February this year? For starters, it’s a leap year so we get to chill on the 29th. But that’s not why we are excited! Come 29th, we will be hosting our first Twitter Q&A #geochat!

Geoawesomeness has always been and is, all about sharing our passion and craziness for everything location and the #geochat is our attempt to broadcast our conversations with the coolest names in the geo-industry and get you, our readers involved in them.

We are super excited to talk with HERE for our first #geochat on 29th February at 20.00 UTC (Head over to timeanddate.com for converting it to your timezone).

We’ll be joined by John Ristevski from HERE, who will answer all your questions about “maps for machines” during the Twitter Q&A #geochat. Of course, stay tuned for more details via twitter @geoawesomeness

John Ristevski is Vice President of Reality Capture and Processing at HERE, where he leads the company’s initiative to index reality. John joined HERE in 2012 through the acquisition of his company, earthmine, which developed systems to capture and deliver highly accurate street level imagery and 3D data of cities. John is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and currently serves on the board of the non-profit CyArk. He has lectured at Stanford’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and has a Master of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and degrees from the University of Melbourne in both Geomatic Engineering and Law.

If you are looking to get more background information about HERE’s automated driving project, here’s the link. For more information, head over to HERE’s blog – HERE 360. Bookmark it! Its one of the most interesting pages there is about automated driving 😉

Stay tuned for more awesomeness #geochat

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How to build an information time machine?

Recenly I came across this interesting TED talk by Frederic Kaplan who is the Digital Humanities Chair at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the EPFL’s Digital Humanities Lab Director. In a fun and interesting talk Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years.

The project ambitions to reconstruct a large open access database that could be used for research and education. The Venice Time Machine will give the archives a new, virtual existence on the Web. It will reanimate Venice’s past life from them by re-creating social networks and family trees, and visualising urban development and design. An open digital archive of Venetian treasures will provide an entirely new research environment. Think of it as a Google Maps for time.

source: TED

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