Mapping the geospatial patterns of broadcasted news

Mapping the geospatial patterns of broadcasted news allows a geospatial analyst to gain insights into common and unusual geospatial patterns. We decided using one of the most comprehensive news collection named “Global Database Events of Tone and Language” (GDELT) as the ground truth.

Getting a coarse-grained geospatial overview of protests and demonstrations of the last 90 days. The geoprotests API offer ready-to-use geospatial features representing broadcasted news related to protests and demonstrations. You can use these geospatial features to build various mapping and geospatial applications.

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https://medium.com/geospatial-intelligence/mapping-the-geospatial-patterns-of-broadcasted-news-d124512f01ca

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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How 2022 could witness the growth of location intelligence in Asia Pacific

Source: businesstoday.in

Across Asia Pacific, many countries are learning to live with the coronavirus as borders are gradually being re-opened. Location data has the power to forecast demand, identify supply chain disruptions, and facilitate infrastructure planning, just to name a few. The need for location intelligence will thus become more prevalent as auto manufacturers seek greater supply chain efficiency, sustainability, and end-to-end visibility. It’s time to address the ‘where’ question. From the trends that I’ve outlined above, it’s clear that location intelligence is gaining ground in Asia Pacific. The author is Senior Vice President and General Manager Asia Pacific, HERE Technologies.

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Orbital Insight Integrates with Esri ArcGIS Platform to Streamline Satellite and Sensor Imagery Analysis

Source: itnewsonline.com

With the adoption of Esri’s ArcGIS Platform, Orbital Insight is making it easier for its users to integrate with ArcGIS and analyze their data. The integration with Esri’s ArcGIS Platform provides an integral reference point for analysts, as well as a more cohesive and natural user experience. They plan to incorporate Esri’s geocoding technology into Orbital Insight GO. „Making that seamless was a really big hit,“ said Jens Tellefsen, senior vice president of product and design for Orbital Insight. The increasing customer overlap between the two companies was a primary driver for Orbital Insight, to adopt ArcGIS Platform.

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Microsoft Azure widens its space ecosystem through deals with Airbus and data partners

Source: msn.com

Taken together, the enhancements should provide more possibilities for solving problems on our home planet, said Stephen Kitay, senior director of Azure Space. Azure Orbital is partnering with ST Engineering iDirect to make software-based radio tools more available for space and satellite communications. Three new partners will boost the Microsoft Azure’s capabilities for geospatial data analysis: Esri will work with Azure Orbital to streamline workflows for handling space-borne data. There’s one company that Azure Space isn’t likely to enlist as a partner: Amazon. “We’re partnering with others who do, to enable this ecosystem built on the Azure cloud.”

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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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