Frank Pichel, CPO & Robert Banick, Consultant
Cadasta Foundation and NRGI collaboratively reviewed a subset of annotated contracts from ResourceCountracts.org to identify the range of possibilities in spatial definition of agreements, to extract & map concession areas, and to define processes for automating the mapping of extractive contracts when possible. Consultancy recommendations are presented in this report and will be incorporated into ResourceContracts.org.
Kate Chapman, CTO
Imagery can serve as an important starting point in delineating land claims. There are multiple options for obtaining imagery, including existing free imagery (typically from governments), purchase of commercial imagery from satellite providers, aerial collection by aircraft, and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones). As part of Cadasta's overall technology strategy, I've been looking into what is available and most appropriate for our partners depending on their specific needs. I'm excited to be attending the launch today of the New America Foundation's drone primer with the support of the Omidyar Network.
Frank Pichel, CPO
Over the past year, Bitcoin has come to the public's attention as an alternate, or cryptocurrency, due largely to significant swings in value and its linkage to sites like Silk Road, the black market of the internet . While the focus on Bitcoin has been mostly on its potential impact to the banking and finance world, the most interesting component of it just might be a component of its inherent architecture - block chain.
Kate Chapman, CTO
Frank and I are off to New York City this weekend for the annual State of the Map US Conference (SotM-US). SotM-US is the annual OpenStreetMap US hosted conference, and this year it's being held at the UN Headquarters. While the venue excites me, the content is really what I'm looking forward to. For context, OpenStreetMap is an online project to create a free map of the entire world that anyone can contribute to. It works similarly to Wikipedia - and contributors are using the project for all sorts of incredible applications. This weekend we'll be seeing some of these talks about building OSM communities, the technology behind it, related projects, and different use cases.