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... and geospatial analysis. Positioning NGA for the future is the responsibility of the InnoVision Directorate, which analyzes intelligence trends, technological advances, and emerging customer and partner concepts to provide cutting-edge technology and process solutions.
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... BOX S.1 Description of Research Areas Discussed at the Workshop Core Areas Cartographic science -- the discipline dealing with the conception, production, dissemination, and study of maps as both tangible and digital objects Geodesy and geophysics Geodesy -- the study and precise measurement of the size and shape of the Earth, its orientation in space, and its gravitational field in three-dimensional time-varying space Geophysics -- the study of Earth physics, including the fields of meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, seismology, volcanology, magnetism, radioactivity, and geodesy Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis Geographic Information System -- any system that captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and visualizes data that are linked to location Geospatial analysis -- the process of applying analytical techniques to geographically-referenced data sets to extract or generate new geographical information or insight Photogrammetry and geomatics Photogrammetry -- the making of precise measurements from photographs, and the use of the measurements to reconstruct the two- and three-dimensional reference frame of the photograph and objects within it Geomatics -- the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic or spatially-referenced information Remote sensing and imagery science Remote sensing -- the science of acquiring information using instruments that are remote to the object, such as from aerial or spaceborne platforms Imagery science -- the science of devising and using computational techniques for analyzing, enhancing, compressing, and reconstructing images Cross-Cutting Themes Beyond fusion -- aggregation, integration and conflation of geospatial data across time and space with the goal of removing the effects of data measurement systems and facilitating spatial analysis and synthesis across information sources Forecasting -- an operational research technique used to anticipate outcomes, trends, or expected future behavior of a system using statistics and modeling.
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... Subsequent discussions on the second and third days indicated that these core areas are in evolutionary flux and that emerging fields will need to be tracked and monitored. On the third day, workshop participants focused their discussion on ten future research directions that they thought would have relevance and value for the NGA.
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... Workshop participants identified the following key research areas within the human terrain domain: geospatial data collection techniques for observing human behavior; geospatial integration of social, behavioral and cultural data; and the use of participatory data. This raises policy issues for acquiring data, influencing participation, dealing with security and privacy issues, mixing participatory data with traditional data, assessing reliability or credibility, and understanding cultural and social constraints on participatory data.
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... Many geospatial phenomena can be represented as narratives or stories -- for example boats leaving and entering ports, or truck convoys moving from camp to airstrip -- and differences from a known narrative become a mechanism by which the normal can be discriminated from the abnormal. A research track in geospatial narrative would focus on how to develop computational narratives within a spatio-temporal database, allowing narrative objects of any type to be automatically recognized and created, then manipulated for visualization and analysis.

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