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?
Ahh, the fun of creating business names. Over the years there have been some questions about how to pronounce Geoger. The correct way to do so is as in "jogger". I fear that I was trying to be too clever with my naming strategy, but let me explain the rationale behind it. The idea was … Continue reading Geog-errr?
There are a lot of blog posts and sites that tell us all how we are supposed to be living the life we want, whilst making it have purpose and also being super successful. Many of them are carbon copies of each other. Maybe the post I am about to reference is just another one … Continue reading Why are you doing that?
Over the past 5 years that I've been working for myself, I've been asked quite a few times - "Why did you set up Geoger?" There are many reasons for that, and I'll cover some of them here as well as touch on what my vision was for the company. I started Geoger in August … Continue reading Why go independent?
At Geoger, I believe that project management should be: Light touch Low effort Effective Collaborative Open and clear With this in mind, I tend to use two main project management systems to keep track of progress when I am contracted to be the PM. One of these is a 'master spreadsheet' with a custom built … Continue reading Manage that project
In February 2018 Geoger moved its office location to the Harwell Campus (at least for part of the week). Geoger now has a desk in the Satellite Applications Catapult co-space, and it's been a brilliant experience so far. This month we are proud to be included in the Harwell Campus Space Cluster brochure. There are … Continue reading Harwell Space Cluster
In August 2013, I set up Geoger Ltd. as a fully fledged company. I had a rough plan about what I was going to do, how I was going to do it, and I had a single contract for a couple of days work lined up and ready. I'd been in the commercial world since … Continue reading Mentoring
This is a (brief) summary of an event I attended last week.... On Thursday (8th Feb 2018) I attended the UKSA (UK Space Agency) networking event in the BEIS Conference Centre in London (just off Parliament Square). It was a half day event designed to get as many players as possible from the space sector, … Continue reading Would like to meet….
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