2014 was a fantastic Year…

I’ve been bad for not keeping you all up to date on dbyhundred activities so, as we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year, here’s a potted summary of our greatest achievements this year;

SplashMaps is 4 times the size it was last year!
SplashMaps is 4 times the size it was last year!

1) I’ve been working nearly half my time on SplashMaps!  This year we made our weatherproof fabric maps go global!  Yes you can now choose a fabric map of anywhere in the world thanks to OpenStreetMap and our work with their finest. We also won awards for our cartography and kudos from the International Cartographic Association.for our popular destination and bespoke maps.  Got 2 minutes?  Here’s what we make; http://www.splash-maps.com/splashmaps-confidence-adventure/

Home Halo; IP all sorted... we've now gone public
Home Halo; IP all sorted… we’ve now gone public

2) Another “almost” half of the year has been spent with HomeHalo creating the worlds most simple way of managing your kids internet use.  I’ve been project manager from the start, taking the idea from concept through early prototyping now to manufacture and sales.  It’s a unique combination of hardware and cloud based services and draws on all my skills for international collaborations.

Working with the motor industry to forecast trends
Working with the motor industry to forecast trends

3) More Market Research work has been completed for SBD Ltd. using my expertise and contacts in the connected vehicle sector.  I was also very pleased to work with a new dbyhundred Ltd. star researcher for the first time on making new propositions in geo-research.  Every year the connections strengthen and new sources of info are found!

A new approach to innovation supported by European money.  And I help!
A new approach to innovation supported by European money. And I help!

4) I continue to work with the expert teams in the European Commission on a range of calls around innovation and implementation of cloud infrastructures.  These are great networking opportunities for all 3 of the above as well as the work which I carry out personally and is both fascinating, rewarding and helps keeps European technology ahead of the curve.

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6 steps to a Spatially Enabled Society

Colleagues from FIG (the international federation of surveyors) have boiled down the requirements for a spatially enabled society (that’s one where location is added to existing data to increase its value to society) to 6 handy and simple to achieve elements.  The added value can be considered to stem from the ease of integration of information held on land, water and other resources.  Such integration makes it simpler to manage a cities, countries or regions resources more effectively.

And here they are;-

1. a legal framework to provide the institutional structure for data sharing, discovery, and access;

2. a sound data integration concept to ensure multi-sourced data integration and interoperability;

3. a positioning infrastructure to enable and benefit from precise positioning possibilities;

4. a spatial data infrastructure to facilitate data sharing, to reduce duplication and to link data producers, providers and value adders to data users based on a common goal of data sharing;

5.land ownership information, as the dominant issue in the interactions between government, businesses and citizens relating to land and water resources;

and

6.data and information to respect certain basic principles and to increase the availability and interoperability of free to re-use spatial data from different actors and sectors.

Well, it’s hard to disagree with all of these, but once you read the full report you realise that the spatial data infrastructure is not just one item, but is the tool to achieve at least elements 2,3,5 and 6.  For an indepth experience on setting up such an infrastructure see our work on ESDIN.

Success in Brussels! Our work on Project ELFI resulted in one of the highest review scores. Bid successful!

Recently David Overton managed a bid on behalf of Client, the National Mapping Agencies of Europe’s association, EuroGeographics.

Another Olympic success....
Triumph for David Overton, dbyhundred, EuroGeographics and the 30 partied consortium, ELFI

The bid is core to the associations central objective “to further the development of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure through collaboration”. David, assisted by the team at EG, managed 30 organisations toward this ambition. And the Reviewers at the European Commission liked it enough to score the proposal at 14 points from a possible 15.  Note that the threshold score was 9! So this isn’t just a success… it’s a measurably great success!

dbyhundred Ltd. and David congratulate the team for landing an excellent project and we wish them the best of luck in their project and their decision making as it progresses towards a start date in January 2013.

Scrum Master Certificate

It’s time to sharpen the saw.  Get the manuals out and get another qualification.  And although I’ve lived, studied, and adapted

Scrum… when you’re all in the same room!

(and blogged!) on Agile PM  approaches, I need to get a piece of paper.  The piece of paper I am going for is the Certified Scrum Master certificate.  How I’ll get there is via UNICOM on  a 2 day training course on 11/12th July.

During ESDIN we had great success in adapting the Agile PM roles for our geographically dispersed team.  Now it will be interesting for me to see how it runs with us all in the same room for 2 days!

UNICOM have a great reputation and when even the most proficent “natural” Scrum Masters are finding the course of benefit, I had to take part.

Many thanks to those who have advised!