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ACM SIGSPATIAL 2023: north.io is Breaking Waves in GIS with Maritime Dataspaces

ACM SIGSPATIAL 2023: north.io is Breaking Waves in GIS with Maritime Dataspaces

Hamburg, Germany.  Jann Wendt, CEO of cloud geospatial data specialist north.io  spoke this week at the International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2023 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2023). The conference, now in its thirty-first year, is held from November 12 to November 16 2023, at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Hamburg, Germany.

An event for experts by experts

ACM SIGSPATIAL, stands as the paramount annual gathering of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information, uniting experts, developers, researchers, users, and practitioners in the field of geographic information systems. This mix promotes a high level of knowledge exchange and informed debate among GIS experts from around the world.

Audience member engages during maritime database presentation by Jann Wendt, CEO of north.io at SIGSPATIAL 2023


north.io contributes geo cloud competence 

“This is the first time in 31 years that the event is being held outside the United States, and with Hamburg, the 2023 edition, is practically on our shores”, says Jann. “The event brings together the absolute experts in the field of GIS, so I'm grateful for the opportunity to be updated on the latest research, and excited about the chance to present our own findings on geospatial data processing in cloud dataspaces, which we have developed expertise in at north.io.” 


How to build a digital ecosystem of the ocean

On the opening day of the conference, Jann Wendt captivated the audience with his presentation, "How to build a digital ecosystem of the ocean," diving into the broader aspects of digital innovation and sustainable solutions in maritime industries, including its potential to tackle the pressing challenges of  protecting critical underwater infrastructure.

Jann Wendt, CEO of north.io presents at SIGSPATIAL 2023 on maritime dataspaces, critical infrastructure protection and Marispace-X

Jann's talks and following discussion delved into critical topics such as offshore wind energy, underwater data complexity, cloud-based processing, and AI-driven approaches for revolutionary data analysis. The insightful discourse also shed light on the setup of a maritime data room and highlighted crucial components for success.  Jann used the Gaia-X database project Marispace-X as well as north.io's own marine cloud data platform TrueOcean to showcase the current and future state of thinking and development in this area.

Structure of the Marispace-X Cloud Data Space


Platform for collaboration

The ACM SIGSPATIAL 2023 has proven to be a dynamic forum, hosting cutting-edge research and advances in geographic information systems. The participation of leading universities worldwide and industry giants such as Alibaba Group, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, and NTT DOCOMO has made it an ideal platform for fostering collaboration and innovation in geospatial technology.

"I found attending this event to be very valuable, with very insightful discussions and exchanges," adds Jann.  I would like to thank the organisers, especially General Chair Matthias Renz and Programme Committee Chair Peer Kroeger, for organising the event."

Jann Wendt, CEO north.io, with Prof. Peer Kroeger & Prof. Matthias Renz both from Kiel University  and chairs at SIGSPATIAL 2023


Proud Conference Supporter

Beyond north.io's contribution of its knowledge and sharing of its latest findings in building cloud data spaces, north.io has proudly joined the prestigious ranks of sponsors for the 31st edition of ACM SIGSPATIAL.  

north.io is a sponsor of SIGSPATIAL 2023 besides Apple, Oracle and ESRI

"We are delighted to be able to contribute to its success", says Jann.   "This sponsorship underscores our belief in the mission of the conference and its positive impact on fostering innovation and collaboration within the GIS community."

For more information about the conference and Jann's session please visit the official ACM SIGSPATIAL 2023 website at  https://sigspatial2023.sigspatial.org/mdsmeetup/


Background about north.io

north.io GmbH is an impact-driven company specialising in cloud technology that helps its customers achieve sustainable change with the help of software. The winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Digitalisation Award 2021 is based in Kiel, Germany. With a team of now 70 highly specialised experts, north.io focuses on developing cloud-native solutions specifically designed to unlock the full potential of geospatial data for the private and public sectors. With its software-as-a-service products TrueOcean and #TrueEarth, north.io, creates a new dimension of shared geodata management, analysis and visualisation in the public and private sectors, offshore and nature conservation. Other services include:

  • Marispace-X is the largest industry-driven maritime digitalisation project and a driver of digital transformation in the maritime sector. In the project, co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action, north.io is developing a Europe-wide dataspace that enables efficient use of maritime data in the areas of offshore wind, critical infrastructure, Internet of Underwater Things, biological climate protection and munitions in the sea.
  • AmuCad.org and the UXO-Information System KIS-SH are part of a group of software applications that address the global issue of war legacies on land and in the oceans.

More information check out www.north.io and www.marispacex.com


Press Contact

Dr. Adrian J. Neumann

E-Mail: presse@north.io  Phone: +49 (0) 431 363 054-10

north.io GmbH Einsteinstraße 1, 24118 Kiel, Germany   

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