At the end of October we hosted the 2017 New Zealand Location Intelligence Forum in Wellington, alongside our partner Pitney Bowes.
The Australian Business Awards 2017 were held recently, with Pitney Bowes taking home a win in the ABA100 Software Innovation category for MapInfo Pro Advanced.
The latest six monthly release of NationalMap™ is being rolled out as we speak and, while it boasts a number of reviews and updates to contextual and POI data; motorway junctions; and retail and shopping areas, the biggest and most notable additions are evident in the roads.
Critchlow is proud to be a finalist for the e-Spatial Spatial Enablement Award at the 2016 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA), announced at the NZSEA finalists breakfast this morning in Wellington.
Here at Critchlow, we’re always hard at work. One thing that we’ve been working particularly hard on lately in the geospatial data and solutions side of our business is route optimisation. More specifically, we’re reviewing and improving the alignment of New Zealand roads. Every single one.
Every year, the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards pay homage to the best of the best in the spatial industry. It's about recognising the incredible Kiwis who contribute to the sector and provide a benchmark for generations to come.
The size and number of raster datasets available to the GIS professional is growing rapidly. For example, the resolution and coverage of remote sensing platforms increases with every new generation of hardware. The physical number of satellites and other sensing platforms in operation is increasing year on year. Storing, managing, visualising and processing this data has become increasingly challenging for data providers and consumers.
New Zealand Local and Central Government agencies are doing a great job at providing free public access to the data they collect and create. For example, The Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Data Service (LDS) https://data.linz.govt.nz/ has over 1800 datasets available for free download in various geospatial formats. Yet mapping companies are still producing datasets and selling them for money. Are these companies just duplicating the efforts of these agencies or, worse still are they just freeloading and re-packaging freely available government data for profit without adding any value?
This blog explores what value private sector mapping companies add to public data and why they do it. Specifically I would like to explore road centrelines and answer the question: “Why would I want to pay for road centrelines when I can download them free from the LDS?”
Spatial analysis is about releasing insights from data and visualising it in a way that can be easily communicated. Before you get to the maps, it’s all about the data.
There are two principle forms which the data used in a Geographic Information System (GIS) can take, vector based and raster based.