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New Additions to the Development Team

Kate Chapman, CTO

Cadasta keeps growing, and we couldn't be happier. Two new additions to the software development team are joining us to help build out the platform as we approach our first version release. We're honored to welcome Chandra Lash and Ian Ross to the team!


Drones and Aerial Observation: A Primer (And a Review)

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.


Mapping Our Way to the Big Apple

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.


Imagery as a Commons

Kate Chapman, CTO

My first notable interaction with imagery of any type was 15 years ago in my "Introduction to Imagery Interpretation" class as part of my geographical studies. Our teacher told us that we were special because we could observe and analyze objects from above, instead of the on-the-ground frame of reference most people were limited to.

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