Indexing Reality: Creating a Mine of Geospatial Information

John Ristevski (earthmine inc), Anthony Fassero (earthmine, inc)
Location: Salon A-F

What if we had an accessible and accurate digital replica of the world? What could we make from it and what new knowledge could we create? Online maps and virtual globes are now becoming common visualization tools for geographic content and immersive geo-referenced imagery is providing a new way to experience the world from a street level perspective. Users already have the freedom to create their own annotated maps on top of satellite imagery and map data and utilize APIs to create applications around geographic content.

But how do we truly become map makers without having to be a surveyor, cartographer, or even to be there? How do we not just annotate existing maps but create entirely new ones? This talk explores the potential of an entirely new data mine of information. Not just street level images but a full 3D inventory of our world where information can be mined and extracted to create new maps and models that describe our world. This data opens up new possibilities for enterprise GIS initiatives enabling organizations to populate GIS systems with spatial content and gives consumers the ability to create entirely new applications around this data.

John Ristevski

earthmine inc

John Ristevski is co-founder and co-CEO of earthmine inc, a Berkeley based company that is “indexing reality”, creating a complete inventory of our urban environment that will support the next generation of web based spatial applications. Prior to earthmine John was Director of R&D at CyArk, where he led the development of the CyArk web portal. John has degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, where his PhD research focused on the application of laser scanning for heritage management, and from the University of Melbourne in Geomatic Engineering and Law and he continues to lecture at Stanford University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

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Anthony Fassero

earthmine, inc

Anthony Fassero is co-founder and co-CEO of earthmine inc, a Berkeley based company that is “indexing reality”, creating a complete inventory of our urban environment that will support the next generation of web based spatial applications. Prior to earthmine, Anthony joined the Kacyra Family foundation working on CyArk, a comprehensive web accessible archive of 3D data from archaeological and heritage sites. Entrepreneurial by nature, Anthony has done work in web development, asset and site management, and professional photography. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Architecture.

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