As an independent consultant I am very aware of the need to be efficient with my use of time. One of the things that I found I was doing inefficiently was tracking the tasks that I needed to do. I used to write down all my tasks in a notebook, and then cross-out those that … Continue reading Software: todoist
At Geoger, I get quite a lot of approaches from students and new professionals looking for that first position in the Earth observation (EO) sector - unfortunately the plan for Geoger doesn't currently involve taking on staff, but this may change. Typically, these approaches come from people with a background in GIS although I also … Continue reading Getting that job
One of the things that you need to become good at pretty quickly when you are an independent consultant is networking. For many, particularly for those working in the technology and science arenas, networking is not the most natural of things. Working out how to break into a small group of people that you want … Continue reading Networking challenges
Geoger is pleased to announce the award of a new Defra consultancy contract. We are part of a consortium led by Specto Natura Ltd along with APMGeo Ltd which is tasked to operationalise the creation of a set of generic indicator products under the Earth Observation Data Integration Pilot (EODIP) project framework. The project takes the technical specification for an … Continue reading A further Defra project win
It's been a while since I last wrote a blog post, and that's mainly due to the fact that I've been really busy! Which is great. There's been a lot on at the moment culminating in a heady nexus of getting existing contracts finished, negotiating new work and starting new contracts, as well as tendering for … Continue reading A partridge in a….
Geographical Information Systems Geographical Information Systems are integral to modern systems of managing, analysing and reporting spatial data. The following introductory video sets out some of the basic GIS concepts. At its core, a GIS is a management and display system for spatial data. There are many benefits of using such a system including: effectively managing … Continue reading Introducing GIS and spatial data
I was part of a discussion recently about different management styles. As an independent consultant, I currently only have to manage myself, although the desire is to grow the business and a team of likeminded people. The thoughts and arguments that were being presented by those of us having the discussion caught my interest, so I … Continue reading How do you manage?
Tomorrow (17th June 2016) I will be attending the 'From satellite to soil: connecting environmental observation to agri-tech innovations' event at the Royal Institution. Details on the event are provided here: https://royalsociety.org/events/2016/06/observation-and-agritech/ and for me, one of the key phrases in the event description is "in the middle of this value chain are intermediary companies … Continue reading Not just an EO company
With greater openness, wider data markets, and better software and interface designs, the question can still being asked: why is geospatial not taken up more rapidly? From within the geospatial industry it seems as if things are going from strength to strength, but when I mention what i do to those without a direct link to GIS … Continue reading Embracing spatial
I was really surprised the other day to hear someone that I really respect both personally and professionally, throw up their arms and state (with feeling) 'what's the point?'. This was in response to them reading yet another report whereby economic interests were put ahead of green ones, at the detriment to the local and global environment. All … Continue reading What’s the point?