At a BARSC meeting in March 2019 about commercialising Earth observation I gave a short talk about something that is critical to all independent consultants and freelancers: day rates! The main point that I wanted to make was that although an individual's day rate might seem high, there are a number of factors that the … Continue reading What’s in a day rate?
Not only is it the end of the year, but it's also the end of a decade. And a lot of things have changed in this decade. This post won't cover all (or many!) of them, but I will try to give you a flavour of how things have changed for me (and maybe how … Continue reading A decade in review
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) exists to assess and mitigate the effects of desertification and drought at national and international levels through a programme of strategic international cooperation and partnership. First recommended as part of Agenda 21, and becoming active in 1996, it is the only internationally legally binding framework set up … Continue reading A great start to 2020
Last week, in the context of the UK election and all things joyous to do with Brexit, I heard a news commentator respond to an article regarding companies leaving the UK (in the event of Brexit) by using the phrase 'it doesn't matter if it's just a few SMEs, it's the multinational companies that count'. … Continue reading UK SME is as powerful as UK PLC!
At the British Association of Remote Sensing Companies (BARSC) AGM in September 2019 I was voted in as Vice-Chair of the organisation. It is an honour to be chosen for this position as I had only joined the committee in July! The purpose of the organisation, as set out on its website, is: Promoting the … Continue reading BARSC
A couple of years ago I was asked to undertake some analysis of a river catchment to assess various ecosystem services. It was something that Sentinel-2 was perfect for, as I needed to rapidly and cheaply obtain a time series of imagery, classify the imagery into various different classes and then return some zonal statistics … Continue reading Simple solutions
Above my desk are a series of sticky notes, created when I first started Geoger and kept in sight so that I don't lose focus of the type of business I want to run and undertake. One of those notes has written on it 'collaboration not competition'. In the May/June issue of GeoConnexion magazine there … Continue reading Collaboration not competition
I hope that this doesn't come across as a moan, because it isn't meant to. It's more of a query. Why is it that some conferences are so expensive? I'd really like to have attended the three events listed below, but their registration costs are prohibitive for independents and micro businesses (and probably many other … Continue reading Conference costs
If you follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn then you might have seen a recent announcement that I have approached to become, and have been contracted as, a JNCC Business Associate. I am incredibly chuffed with this. Being a Business Associate makes it easier for micro-businesses and freelancers to work with the project teams at … Continue reading JNCC Business Associate
Although open source and open data are phrases that have become more common in recent years, there is still some confusion about what the benefits are of each of these. In this short blog post, I will go through a few of the key reasons why the open philosophy is a good one. Community support … Continue reading Why open up?