Your Canadian Geospatial Briefing for July 23rd: AI Sector in need of data standards; OGC’s Dr. Nadine Alameh receives ‘Diversity in Leadership’ award; The smart cities challenge; Korem Geospatial announces appointment of new president
AI firms are facing many challenges such as; access to capital, access to qualified staff, regulatory hurdles and antiquated procurement rules. The biggest challenge is the need to find suitable data, which is the raw material these firms need to design algorithms and be successful.
Interoperability and data standard need to be set, and Canada needs to create a new data-sharing infrastructure. This will allow data owners to connect with AI companies.
OGC’s Dr. Nadine Alameh receives ‘Diversity in Leadership’ award
Dr. Nadine Alameh is the first woman leading OGC in its 25 years of history. At the 2019 GeoIgnite Conference, she was presented with the ‘Diversity in Leadership’ award.
The award was presented to Dr. Alameh by Bilyana Anicic from Aurora Consulting. She stated “As a champion of interoperability and functional diversity, Nadine has a proven record of accomplishment of bridging the gaps between diverse people, data, and technologies to make people’s lives better. Nadine’s multi-lingual (Arabic, English, French, and American Sign Language) and multi-cultural background, coupled with her passion for people and networking, make her an ideal Cultural Broker.”
The smart cities challenge
With many cities proclaiming themselves as “smart cities”, it is becoming clear that the protection of data often comes as an afterthought. Smart initiatives in Silicon Valley have often been referred to as “surveillance capitalism”.
Ann Cavoukian is setting her sights on Toronto’s Quayside plan to convert 12 acres of formal industrial and docking land into a “smart community”. She envisions a “smart city of privacy, not a smart city of surveillance”. Although the concept is intriguing, data protection remains a public concern.
Korem Geospatial announces appointment of new president
Korem Geospatial president has announced the appointment of his colleague Jean-Sébastien Guy as the new company president.
Sébastien Vachon stated, “Jean-Sébastien is a passionate and unifying leader who has gained detailed knowledge of our industry. His appointment is a reflection of my desire to gradually pass on the torch to a new generation who will be able to take the company to even greater heights. I’m really looking forward to supporting Jean-Sébastien, the executive committee and all our employees over the coming years as we continue to deliver the quality services on which we’ve built our reputation”.