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!
I went to an event earlier in the summer of 2019 that was run by Oxfordshire Greentech. It was really interesting and made me think a bit more broadly about the way that Geoger (I?) impact on the environment. As a physical geographer and keen environmentalist I am aware of many of the issues around … Continue reading Environmental thoughts
This is just a short blog post to remind all of us in the Earth observation, remote sensing and geospatial sectors to think about how we communicate to others about what it is that we do. Specifically, we need to communicate our excitement and passion for the world we work in. I attend (sadly) too … Continue reading Is EO exciting?
Some of you will know that I enjoy running. At the moment, a young woman called Anna McNuff is running 100 marathons (that's 2,620 miles!) completely barefoot. Her Barefoot Britain challenge began in the far north of the Shetland Islands in June and will end in London in November. More information can be found using … Continue reading Just keep going!
Free and open source software (FOSS). I bet you use it somewhere in your computing life. Whether that's at home, through a web browser such as Firefox, or at work using LibreOffice or QGIS. Although the word 'free' is used in the name, as with much in life there will be a cost incurred somewhere … Continue reading Thank you FOSS
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
There seems to be a trend at the moment for web pages with very light text*. I wonder whether this is a response to the 'dark themes' that have been prevalent in recent years. Or maybe my beef with the 'light text on light background' is more to do with ageing eyes! Although this sort … Continue reading Improve my UX!
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
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?