April 2015's issue of GeoConnexion International is going to have the following focuses:

  • Technology: Surveying: GPS, LiDAR, UAVs, Total Stations, etc.
  • Application: Mining, Geology, Energy Exploration
  • Editor’s Choice: Security and Cybersecurity

If you'd like to submit interviews, opinion pieces, industry analyses or case studies on these or any other topics, mail me at robertbuckley@geoconnexion.com to discuss length and topics. The deadline for first drafts is February 1 2015, but please contact me first to discuss the article and for a copy of the editorial guidelines.

A full editorial calendar for 2015 is available from the GeoConnexion web site.

March 2015's issue of GeoConnexion International is going to have the following focuses:

  • Technology: Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry
  • Application: Oil and Gas, Energy, Utilities
  • Editor’s Choice: Interoperability Standards

If you'd like to submit interviews, opinion pieces, industry analyses or case studies on these or any other topics, mail me at robertbuckley@geoconnexion.com to discuss length and topics. The deadline for first drafts is January 1 2015, but please contact me first to discuss the article and for a copy of the editorial guidelines.

A full editorial calendar for 2015 is available from the GeoConnexion web site.

Can you help with the following article? It will be appearing in I magazine. I provides exclusive insights to CIOs on leading ICT trends and their impact on global businesses and society.

Deadline for leads is 1st November 2015. Email me or leave a comment below if you'd like to contribute.

A digital future for education
CIOs everywhere make the critical point that their success does not depend on technology, but on the quality of the people they employ. Education underpins that availability of that scare resource. But, unlike other industries that have been disrupted and enhanced by digital technologies, education processes and structures have barely changed. What is the case for maximizing the potential offered by digital technologies in education; what technologies would have the greatest impact, and how can educational institutions manage that technology-enabled transformation, empower teaching and enable students discover new potential and opportunities.

February 2015's issue of GeoConnexion International is going to have the following focuses:

  • Technology: Social Media
  • Application: Defence and Military, Geospatial Intelligence
  • Editor’s Choice: Focus on Europe

If you'd like to submit interviews, opinion pieces, industry analyses or case studies on these or any other topics, mail me at robertbuckley@geoconnexion.com to discuss length and topics. The deadline for first drafts is December 1 2014, but please contact me first to discuss the article and for a copy of the editorial guidelines.

A full editorial calendar for 2015 is available from the GeoConnexion web site.

January 2015's issue of GeoConnexion International is going to have the following focuses:

  • Technology: Surveying: GPS, LiDAR, UAVs, Total Stations, etc.
  • Application: Civil Engineering, Building Surveys, Architecture, Urban Planning
  • Editor’s Choice: Agriculture

If you'd like to submit interviews, opinion pieces, industry analyses or case studies on these or any other topics, mail me at robertbuckley@geoconnexion.com to discuss length and topics. The deadline for first drafts is November 1 2014, but please contact me first to discuss the article and for a copy of the editorial guidelines.

A full editorial calendar for 2015 is available from the GeoConnexion web site.

DIY archaeology in Crete

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Crete is clearly an island with a lot of history – millennia, in fact. Indeed, it has so much history that it doesn’t know what to do with some of it. The likes of Knossos are obviously going to be popular with millions of tourists:

Knossos

But smaller, less famous, out of the way sites are a slightly trickier proposition. Sometimes, there may not even be room for a car park, let alone the staff to look after the site.

Take the Minoan settlement near the village of Στύλος (Stylos) in NW Crete. It’s a bit up a hill from the village itself and a bit of trek.

You’ll be able to find it easily if you’re walking though, because there’s a sign. Next to a ‘stock fence’.


Sign for the Minoan settlement near Stylos

All you have to do is undo the string securing the fence, peel it back, go through, re-secure the fence, then up the hill you go to the left, through the flock of sheep, turn right and keep going up until you come to a single building with a green roof.

The green roofed building near Stylos

Now you know you’re in the right place. Because there are no signs, no guidebooks, no nothing to tell you where you are. Which is a shame, because there is actually quite a lot further on up the hill, behind the green-roofed building.

More of the Minoan settlement

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Of course, you’re better off reading this web page to find out exactly what.

Things get a little weirder up the hill from the settlement, because there’s actually a Minoan tholos tomb nearby. How do we get there? Well, a little further up the road from Stylos, there’s a grove of trees, behind a proper fence. Look here’s the gate. It’s been padlocked shut. Fortunately, there’s a key attached to it.

The gate to the Tholos tomb

Behind the gate is all the information you’re going to get about the tomb and its excavations. Maps? Not really…

The map of the excavation

So after a bit of wandering around the trees, avoiding (if possible) the cicadas that hurl themselves at you, you might find this:

The dromos to the tomb

Could this be what you’re looking for? Why yes, it’s the δρόμος (dromos or path/route) to the tomb. You knew that, didn’t you?

If you’re plucky enough to pick your way down through the grass and the weeds, this is what you’ll find – a Minoan arched entrance to a tholos tomb:

The entrance to the Tholos tomb

You can just go in. No one will stop you. What's inside? A coned roof with a hole at the top.

The top of the Tholos tomb

You are now standing in something that people made 3,500 years ago. And you will be literally the only people there and may be the only people who will have been there in days or even weeks.

There’s stuff like this all over Crete. Just look and you should find something like this pretty much anywhere. It’s well worth it.

I’m looking for pitches for potential articles about technology and education for EducationInvestor. EducationInvestor provides the business intelligence and political insight that will help investors understand the sometimes baffling world of education.

If you have any suggestions, email me or leave a comment below.

Holiday

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I'm going to be on holiday from the 26th July to the 18th August, but if you leave a message on my voicemail or send me an email, I'll get back to you when I return. I'm off to Crete again – αντιο!

November 2014's issue of GeoConnexion International is going to have the following focuses:

  • Technology: Remote Sensing
  • Application: Utilities, Social Sciences, Archaeology
  • Editor’s Choice: Emergency Services

If you'd like to submit interviews, opinion pieces, industry analyses or case studies on these or any other topics, mail me at robertbuckley@geoconnexion.com to discuss length and topics. The deadline for first drafts is September 1st, but please contact me first to discuss the article and for a copy of the editorial guidelines.

October 2014's issue of GeoConnexion International is going to have the following focuses:

  • Surveying: GPS, LiDAR, UAVs, Total Stations, etc.
  • Civil Engineering, Utilities, Transport
  • Climate Change

If you'd like to submit interviews, opinion pieces, industry analyses or case studies on these or any other topics, mail me at robertbuckley@geoconnexion.com to discuss length and topics. The deadline for first drafts is July 28th, but please contact me first to discuss the article and for a copy of the editorial guidelines.

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