The MapScaping Podcast - GIS, Geospatial, Remote Sensing, earth observation and digital geography

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A podcast for the mapping community. Interviews with the people that are shaping the future of GIS, geospatial and the mapping world. This is a podcast for the GIS and geospatial community

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Introduction To LIDAR & Point Clouds
The main topics discussed during this episode include: Basics of LIDAR data and its applications. Differences between LIDAR and photogrammetry. Processing chain of LIDAR data. Challenges in classifying point clouds. Applications of LIDAR technology in vegetation mapping, terrain modelling, and infrastructure inspection. The future of LIDAR technology includes the potential for more affordable and widespread use. Importance of automated processing tools for handling large volumes of data. Connect with Nejc Dougan here: or at    Recommended listening    Cloud Optimized Point Clouds   PDAL - the point data abstraction library   Lidar from drones   Bathymetric Lidar    
Introduction to Cloud Native Geospatial
Alex Leith is a Digital Earth Architect and in this episode, you will learn what Infrastructure as code is  - hint it is the opposite of the "clicky-clicky" and so much more! Connect with Alex here   Recommended Listening  Cloud-Optimized Point CLounds   Cloud Native Geospatial   Planet Scale Tiled Maps without a Server   What is Modern GIS
GeeMap is an open-source Python library that provides tools for interactive mapping with Google Earth Engine (GEE), which is a platform for earth science data and analysis ... and today you are going to hear from the creator of GeeMap!   Connect with Qiusheng Wu here:   This episode is sponsored by Planet learn more at   Recommended Listening Introduction to Google Earth Engine   Introduction to Sentinel Hub   Planet - Imaging everything every day ( almost )   Introduction to Microsoft's Planetary Computer  
GPS Reimagined
GPS reimagined? Why do we need to reimagine GPS? ... Is it broken?   Recommended Podcast Episodes   How Google Calculates Your Location   From GNSS To VPS   Navigating The Past Present and Future of GNSS   SatelliteBased Augmentation System - A Base Station In The Sky  
The Business of QGIS Development
Nyall Dawson is a QGIS developer, cartographer, and owner and founder of North Road, a company specializing in open-source geospatial software. His journey into geospatial began with personal interests in mapping and cartography, which later evolved into a business called North Road. But that's not why I wanted to make this episode for you, I wanted to share this story with you because it could be your story too.  You could decide to have a story that starts with contributing to something you care about, which leads to you becoming a known expert within a community that cares about the same thing and evolves into paid opportunities. That could be your story too!   You can connect with Nyall here:   Sponsored by Planet  Learn more at           Recommended Podcast Episodes   Planet   Monetizing an open-source geospatial project   Being self-employed in Earth Observation   Geospatial Side Hustles   Self Employment in the GIS Industry   A Business built on Open Source GIS      
Making Beautiful Maps In Felt
This episode is all about making beautiful maps ... I am not a cartographer but my guest Mamata Akella is a professional cartographer at Felt!  So today on the podcast we are talking about Essential Elements of Map Design: Which of course starts with questions like - who is it for, what is it for and how do we get it to them? And then moves on to Visual Hierarchy,   Zoom-Based Styling, Color Palettes, and Interpretation We discuss a few practical examples during the conversation and you can find links to those in the show notes    Recommended Listening            
Planet - Imaging Everything, Every Day ... Almost
Planet manufactures and manages the world’s largest constellation of earth observation satellites! Imaging “Just about everywhere on earth just about every day – Making change visible, accessible, and actionable” … and the hope of this episode is to help you understand how they do that – along the way you will hear about their two constellations and how they work together Learn the difference between ghost ships and dark ships and find out that there are very few ground control points in the ocean and why that matters Find out what this means for GIS and permit enforcement. For more information go to   Recommended Podcast Episodes   Hyperspectral vs. Multispectral NICFI Program Synthetic Data Labels Matter      
Fire Mapping, Maritime Search And Wide Angle Imaging
This episode is a story about wide-angle imaging for fire mapping and maritime search but it's also a story about changing the culture and getting people to trust a new way of doing things.   My guest today is Alison Harrod - mission success manager at a start-up called Overwatch imaging    Whenever I work with a company like Overwatch Imaging it is hard to know which story to tell, we could just as easily have made an episode about AI and object detection or about smart sensors because they do those things too.     The decision depends on the guest and their background so after meeting Alison we decided to make this episode for you and try to give you a broad overview of what wide-angle imaging is and how it's used in the context of fire mapping and maritime search. ...but It's one thing to have a technology and it is another thing entirely to get people to use it … as you will hear fire mapping is not “a move fast and break things kind of situation”   Connect with Alison here!   Other relevant podcast episodes that you might enjoy Thermal Imagery From Space Finding Water Leaks From Space Cube Satellites Of The Stratosphere
Personal Branding in Geospatial
It's not about becoming an influencer it's about creating opportunities for yourself   In this episode, we tackle the common misconception that personal branding is solely for influencers, revealing how it's actually about creating the right visibility and opportunities in your professional sphere. Helena Merschdorf shares her unique insights, drawing from her rich background in GIS and marketing, and discusses: Solving the Obscurity Problem: Discover how personal branding can help you get noticed by the right people, not just everyone. Effective Communication in Technical Fields: Learn the art of conveying complex GIS concepts to non-experts. Defining and Building Your Personal Brand: Uncover the essence of personal branding and how to strategically develop it. Overcoming Challenges: Helena offers guidance on tackling imposter syndrome and finding your niche in the vast world of GIS. Choosing the Right Platforms: Get tips on selecting the best channels for your personal branding efforts based on your target audience. Success Stories and Strategies: While specific examples aren't named, learn about the different levels of personal branding success and what might work for you. This episode is not just about building a personal brand; it's about leveraging that brand to carve a unique path in the geospatial industry.   Connect with Helena here   Other relevant podcast episodes  Rebranding GIS and Geospatial   Python Maps   Getting Your Dream Job In Earth Observation  
Entity Resolution with Placekey
Entity resolution is the process of matching and merging records from different sources that refer to the same entity.   today's episode is about entity resolution for place data, why you might want to do that, and what any of this has to do with the dollar, Unix time and the idea that If data is really driving innovation, join keys are going to become more valuable.   Today's guest is Auren Hoffman   If you want to try Placekey for yourself go to   If you want to learn more about SafeGraph listen to this podcast episode          
Strategic Buy-In For FOSS4G
Embracing Open-Source Geospatial Technology is easy as an individual but what if you want your organization to use FOSS4G How do you get strategic buy-in? It turns out that the software does not sell itself and that even in the age of AI we still have to convince a human if we want organizational change to to happen.  I think the temptation is to say hey look at this long list of specifications and notice how FOSS4G is often better or equal to the close source equivalent.  Or hey look at the price tag … it costs nothing which is way cheaper than this other thing which costs more than nothing. While this might be all the argumentation you need in some cases … in general, making change happen is hard,  and it's going to require more than that.  That's why I have invited Todd Barr back on the podcast to walk us through what it takes to get an organization to Embrace Open-Source Geospatial Technology.   Here are a few of the key points Getting buy-in for open-source software and addressing concerns about security and IP protection Perspectives of External and internal stakeholders on open-source Software Importance of collaboration, empathy, and understanding in decision-making and stakeholder management Challenges of implementing open source technology in a corporate environment Benefits of using open source solutions, such as faster analysis, increased stability, and flexibility for innovation Accessibility and support in open source communities, including direct interaction with developers and availability of external consultants Customization and development work required for creating vertical solutions with open-source components Finding skilled developers and training them in geospatial technology Cost-saving advantages of open source technology in cloud computing Leading arguments for implementing open source software: cost savings and freedom to modify and customize Advocacy for supporting and integrating with the open source community. The last time Todd was on the podcast we talked about Leadership and Mentorship in the Geospatial community   If you are interested in FOSS4G you might enjoy these previous episodes   A Business built on Open Source GIS   Monetizing an open-source geospatial project   Or just scroll through the archive to find episodes about QGIS, PostGIS, Geoserver, Geonode, Python, and a bunch of other open-source projects   I could use some support! please consider supporting this podcast on Patreon    Some more episodes you might enjoy   ESRI, GIS careers, Geospatial Data Science  QGIS, Geospatial Python, ArcGIS Pro Google Maps, Geomatics, Cartography Location Intelligence, Mapping   
From GNSS to VPS
** Warning** Consuming this content may lead to educated opinions and or a better understanding of the future of location technology!   ** Proceed with caution!! **   If are curious about any of the following topics this episode is for you!   Evolution of Positioning Systems  Terrestrial-based Positioning: The role of Wi-Fi positioning and the potential of 5G in positioning.    Visual Positioning Systems (VPS)   GNSS Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellites: The potential of LEO satellites in enhancing positioning and navigation.   Future of Positioning: Predictions and expectations for the future of navigation and positioning technologies.   Connect with Sandy on LinkedIn     Recommended listening  SBAS - Satellite-based augmentation system   GNSS - past present and future   Where does Goolge's blue dot come from   On the personal front, I have just moved back to New Zealand after 13 years in Denmark. It has been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, hence the lack of published podcast episodes.    Some more episodes you might enjoy   ESRI, GIS careers, Geospatial Data Science  QGIS, Geospatial Python, ArcGIS Pro Google Maps, Geomatics, Cartography Location Intelligence, Mapping  

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4.8 out of 5
96 reviews
BDen321 2024/02/14
More Than An “Industry” Interview Show
Daniel’s curiosity and focused questioning makes for a productive conversation with a variety of Geospatial practitioners.
ndsmith1616 2023/03/20
Geospatial Awesomeness
Plain and simple, if you have any interest at all in geospatial technology, data, or application, this is a MUST SUBSCRIBE podcast. The host provides ...
GeoJSONFan 2023/02/24
Attention to detail!
It’s obvious from the podcast that Daniel devotes a huge amount of time researching and editing the podcasts for a great listening experience! This is...
MikeDavl 2023/01/05
The best for staying up to date with the latest geospatial trends
MapScaping is the best way to stay informed about what’s going on in the geospatial world! The episodes provide enough context that anyone can unders...
wenfei 2022/06/08
In-depth interviews across the geospatial spectrum
This is a great show that cuts across all types of topics and professions in the geospatial landscape. Great for taking the pulse of current happening...
HabitTracking4Life 2022/04/27
One of the best map podcasts
Daniel’s show really stands out with high quality - the guests, the interviewer, the right level of detail and structure. Highly recommended for folks...
Mr. Jex 2022/01/11
The podcast for geo professionals
This podcast is fantastic. I just wish I would have know about it sooner! It covers a wide variety of geospatial content, from technical, career, to ...
mattmenendez 2021/12/22
Excellent GIS Content
I discovered this podcast just as I was beginning my professional GIS career and was relieved to find that there was a resource that discussed trends ...
Q-pow 2021/06/02
Best geospatial podcast
Such a wonderful source of knowledge and information for people like me, a GIS newbie, and for professionals (which I hope to be one day). Thank you f...
McclainRubinFamily 2021/05/05
My Geospatial Superpower
Okay. The secret is going to get out. Mapscaping is one of the most valuable resources for learning, teaching, consuming spatial data. You may be ove...
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