Getting insights from political violence and protests around the world

Aggregated non-US ACLED events 2000 — 2020

To achieve political goals, we have seen people and governments using political violence. It includes violence between governments, e.g. war as an intense armed conflict, and violence used against non-state actors, e.g. police brutality. A rebellion is a kind of politically motivated violence of non-state actors against a government. The storming of the United States Capitol was a riot act from non-state actors against the United States Congress.

In this walkthrough we used one of the most widely used analysis OSINT source named ACLED. With the help of spatial binning, we easily recognized historical events between 2000 and 2020 without being an intelligence expert. We have implemented most of the workflows into a GEOINT Python module, mainly to give non-spatial experts a better understanding of the implementation details.

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Michigan State University group partners to harness the data revolution

Source: canr.msu.edu

Members of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability will use $1 million to collaborate on a new NSF-funded national initiative to understand climate change and disaster risks and affects. A Michigan State University sustainability scholar and his colleagues are partners in a new $15 million national initiative to enable geospatial data-driven scientific discovery aimed at understanding the risks and affects of climate change and disasters. MSU’s role, funded at about $1 million, will be to apply the tele coupling framework to disentangle the complexity of globalization, climate change, and natural disasters. The new institute will bring together about 40 researchers from U of I, MSU, Columbia University, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc., Florida International University, Open Geospatial Consortium, Purdue University, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Utah State University, and a variety of other partners. NSF is investing $75 million to establish five new Harnessing the Data Revolution institutes as part of its “Big Idea” initiative.

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Intelligence Agencies Pushed to Use More Commercial Satellites

Source: nytimes.com

The picture was far more detailed than commercial satellite pictures of the same site. In some quarters of the intelligence agencies, those lagging commercial capabilities have dampened enthusiasm for pushing forward with more private-sector contracts. The Senate version of this year’s Intelligence Authorization Act contains provisions to increase spending on commercial satellite programs. While the leadership of intelligence agencies is on board, there is still reluctance in some corners of the agencies to embrace commercial technology, according to congressional aides. Current and former congressional officials acknowledge the government still design and operate the most exquisite and innovative intelligence technology.

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Three Reasons Why the Midwest Will Excel in American Defense Innovation

Source: msn.com

The Midwest is refining the innovation process by bringing together academia and defense partners to solve national security challenges. Dual-use technologies that can serve commercial and defense applications are hot in the Midwest. Universities from Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa represent the Midwest to advance innovation on a national scale. T-REX is home to the nation’s first geospatial innovation center and Moonshot Labs. The future is bright for American defense innovation as entrepreneurs and national labs develop dual-use technologies with support from academia.

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Near Space Labs send more Earth imaging robots to the stratosphere

Source: techcrunch.com

Not so for Near Space Labs, a four-year-old company that instead aims to gather geospatial intelligence from the stratosphere, using small autonomous wind-powered robots attached to weather balloons. Near Space Labs also announced that Crosslink partner Phil Boyer has joined its board. Near Space focuses on urbanized areas where change happens rapidly. Near Space has booked over 540 flights through 2022. Looking ahead, the company will use the funds to expand its geographical footprint and bring on a bunch of new hires.

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Jacobs Wins National GEOINT Agency Contract

Source: prnewswire.com

They awarded Jacobs a contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide mission-driven and data-centric solutions to support Geospatial-intelligence Enterprise Open Data Store (GEODS) services. The single-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) represents a $302 million contract value across a seven-year ordering period.

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Descartes Labs hosts the GEOINT 2021 Machine Learning Training Workshop

Source: gisuser.com

They encouraged workshop attendees to bring their laptops for hands-on use of the Descartes Labs Geoprocessing Platform and Data Refinery. Descartes Labs will also exhibit at GEOINT 2021 where it will show the latest breakthroughs in multimodal sensor data fusion and advanced big data analytics and virtualization. Members of the Descartes Labs Science & Tech Solutions team will be on hand to discuss development of custom ISR solutions, geospatial data ingestion pipelines, and automated object detection and classification. The company also supports a diverse set of federal government efforts to curate, analyze, and provide unique actionable insights from geospatial data.

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Geo Connect Asia 2022 launches with focus on addressing key regional challenges

Source: eco-business.com

The theme for Geo Connect Asia 2022 is Geospatial & Location Intelligence Solutions for Asia – Underground, Land & Sea to Sky. Geo Connect Asia enhances the digital transformation of key industries and helps address many of the real-time challenges facing decision-makers. Geo Connect Asia 2022 is a testament to the resilience of the MICE industry and its strong recovery. Rupert Owen, Co-founder of Geo Connect Asia, said, it pleased them to build on the positive response they received at the inaugural Geo Connect Asia this March. Comprising a two-day conference, forum, technical seminars, and a product exhibition, Geo Connect Asia 2022 will provide a one-stop-shop for exhibitors and visitors alike.

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Edgybees Selected as Finalist in the 2021 USGIF Innovative Tradecraft Competition

Source: gisuser.com

Edgybees, the leading provider of precise, real-time geo-registration and actualization of aerial video and images, announced today that they have selected it as a finalist in the 2021 USGIF Innovative Tradecraft Competition. The competition recognizes innovative and useful geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) solutions that address mission problems through visualization, data sharing, and interoperability. “Being chosen as a finalist in the USGIF Innovative Tradecraft Competition is a true testament to the value of our technology in the field,” said Adam Kaplan, CEO and Co-Founder of Edgybees. As a Tradecraft Competition, finalist Edgybees will present on the main stage at the GEOINT Symposium on Wednesday, October 6th. The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is the only organization dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and building a stronger community of interest in industry, academia, government, professional organizations, and individual stakeholders.

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Maxar Awarded $26M Contract to Continue Development and Support for NGA Open Mapping Platform

Source: gisuser.com

Under the agreement, Maxar will continue to provide engineering, software development and geospatial tradecraft to support NOME. “Maxar is excited to continue building upon the 10 years of development that have gone into NOME,” said Tony Frazier, Maxar’s Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations. “NOME is a highly effective mission enabler for the agency’s distributed workforce,” said James Griffith, Director of Source at NGA. NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. It is the world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence.

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Aerial survey of Dubai: Watch how it is done by Dubai Municipality

Source: gulfnews.com

Dubai Municipality has set new standards of technological excellence with its advanced aerial photography project currently being implemented using specialised survey aircraft. The aerial photography survey that has a high accuracy of 10 centimetres is one of the most important strategic projects being implemented by Dubai Municipality’s GIS Centre as part of its GeoDubai initiative. Maryam Obaid Al Muhairi, Director of the GIS Centre, said photographing and aerial surveying goes through many stages. Advanced technologies like automatic detection of changes in the available geospatial data and geospatial Artificial Intelligence optimize the extraction and update operations of geospatial data.

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