Thursday, April 25, 2013

NGA and Geospatial Community Explore Using the Cloud for Disaster Response

In an effort to better understand "what's possible" for situational awareness during disasters, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has been exploring the potential of cloud based solutions. Using architecture hosted by NJVC, a development team which includes Boeing, OpenGeo, Google, and Aerospace Corp., along with standards monitoring by the Open Geospatial Consortium, has been hard at work on proof of concept approaches. With preliminary work recently completed, the team expects to conduct a series of demonstrations later this summer that will show how to rapidly build geospatial support capabilities for disaster response and management in the cloud. More below:

(GCN, April 12, 2013)

Comment: OpenGeo is one of the leading developers of open source software for geospatial. OpenGeo, along with the entire North American community of cutting edge developers who believe in Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial will be meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 22-24. And, I mean, seriously, if open source geospatial software is good enough for NGA and others like NASA, the reason it would be not good enough for you would be what?  It's free?

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