NGA director challenges partners to join in ‘new power’ of GEOINT
Robert Cardillo, director of the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, formalized his agency’s
changing approach to geospatial intelligence by issuing a new corporate
strategy and challenging a diverse audience of government, industry,
academic and international partners at the 2015 GEOINT Symposium to join
NGA in what he views as a necessary shift from “old power” to new.
Cardillo likened “old power”
intelligence to a currency that was tightly held and jealously guarded
by a few. Citing a recent Harvard Business Review article by Jeremy
Heimans and Henry Timms, he described it as “closed, inaccessible and
leader driven,” in his June 23 keynote remarks at the USGIF-sponsored
event in Washington, D.C. The GEOINT Symposium is considered the
preeminent gathering of GEOINT professionals each year. Read more...
NGA and DigitalGlobe open source toolkit
to harness the power of collaborative mapping
SPRINGFIELD, Va. —
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and DigitalGlobe have partnered
to release an open source software toolkit designed to harness the power
of crowdsourced mapping for Geospatial Big Data Analytics. The open
source project Hootenanny
provides a scalable processing engine and interactive editing interface
to enable rapid conflation of map features generated from satellite
imagery, UAVs, and mobile devices.
In less than a decade crowdsourced mapping communities like OpenStreetMap™
have attracted over 2.5 million volunteers who have digitized more than
130 million buildings and 1.3 million miles of roads. Countless other
organizations and individuals are using satellite imagery and other
methods to capture the geometry and metadata of roads, buildings, and
points of interest. To create high quality maps and enable analytic
functions like routing, suitability analysis, or predictive modeling it
is important to unify multiple sources to create the best available
database. Read more...
NGA director to address 2015 USGIF GEOINT Symposium
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — The director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is scheduled to address the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation GEOINT 2015 Symposium at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington June 23 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
Robert Cardillo, who has led the intelligence agency’s unprecedented foray into the unclassified operation environment, will discuss the importance of agency transparency and continued collaboration with open sources in keeping with the symposium’s theme, “Opening the Aperture: Charting New Paths.” Read More...