Mapping Refugee Camps to Inform UNHCR’s Planning and Maintenance

Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp was originally established in 1994 to shelter approximately 9,000 refugees fleeing violence and war in Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over the next twenty years, the camp’s population swelled as people continued to flee long-standing conflict in the region. Today, approximately 30,000…

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The Snowmobile, The Firehose, and The Notebook

When DigitalGlobe’s CTO said we should have all our satellite data in the cloud back in 2014, many looked at him funny. All these years it had been about avoiding clouds in our satellite imagery data.  Confusing. A bit over a year ago, in collaboration with our AWS friends, things…

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Choosing the Right Mapping Solution

The use of location data was once exclusive to mapping companies. In today’s mobile world, “where” is relevant in nearly every industry. How businesses generate, process, consume and disseminate this valuable intelligence is unique to each use case. There are many great ready-made mapping options that have grown out of…

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Open Data For Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Eruption

Last Sunday, May 3, 2018, Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted, killing 69 people in nearby villages. As the eruption weakened, the ash cloud collapsed under its own weight and cascaded down the side of the volcano as a pyroclastic flow. These pyroclastic flows contain a high-density mix of hot lava blocks,…

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