Geo Week Round-up: New Descartes Labs Platform | Export Controls for Geo-Spatial Tech

Welcome to the Geo Week News weekly update! The articles below have been hand picked from recent geospatial news. A new update is posted each Monday.

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Why the Earth Must Be Mapped

There is an urgent need to digitally capture the planet’s surface, providing a record for future ecologists, archaeologists, and historians. The Earth Archive project plans to do just that.

Read more: Sapiens

Descartes Labs Launches Its New Platform for Analyzing Geospatial Data

Descartes Labs, a well–funded startup based in New Mexico, provides businesses with geospatial data and the tools to analyze it in order to make business decisions. Today, the company announced the launch of its Descartes Labs Platform, which promises to bring its data together with all of the tools data scientists — including those with no background in analyzing this kind of information — would need to work with these images to analyze them and build machine learning models based on the data in them.

Read more: Tech Crunch

U.S. Adopts Strict Controls for Export of Certain Geo-Spatial Imagery Software Technology, Including Some Used for Autonomous Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an interim final rule (IFR) on January 6, 2020, requiring a license for the export of certain “Geospatial Imagery” software technology to all countries worldwide except Canada. The rule classifies the software in the 0Y521 export control series of the Commerce Control List (CCL) – specifically, in Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 0D521.

Read more: JD Supra

Archaeologists use AI to Identify 143 New Nazca Lines

Nazca Humanoid

Thanks to a new analysis conducted by an international group of researchers, scientists now have even more glyphs to marvel at: As a press release from Japan’s Yamagata University states, the team has uncovered 143 previously unseen etchings—including the first Nazca Line identified using artificial intelligence.

Read more: Smithsonian Magazine.

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