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Mats Söderberg: En intervju av Johan Gärdebo 31 mars 2017
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8532-0876
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2018 (Swedish)Data set, Primary data
Physical description [sv]

Denna intervju har genomförts inom ramen för projektet ”50 år i rymden” som bedrivs vid Avdelningen för historiska studier av teknik, vetenskap och miljö vid KTH, finansierat av Rymdstyrelsen och Vinnova. Originalinspelningen finns tillgänglig på Tekniska museet i Stockholm. Intervjun bör refereras på följande sätt: Mats Söderberg, intervju från 2017 av Johan Gärdebo, KTH.

Abstract [en]

The interview treats Mats Söderberg’s experiences from developing remote sensing for military geography since the late 1970s until late 1990s. Söderberg began working with digital aerial photography analysis in combination with field reconnaissance. Söderberg primarily relied on the Swedish Land Survey for geographical information. In 1990 he became responsible for the Swedish Defence’s geographical information systems. It was in this role that he regularly had contact with other decision-makers, technicians, and sellers of remote sensing. Söderberg continued to regularly meet with the Land Survey, but also with the Swedish Space Corporation and its subsidiary Satellitbild AB. During the Balkan Wars, Söderberg demanded new applications of data, most notably by gathering data into databases and using them through geographical information systems (GIS) by the Swedish Armed Forces, which Söderberg was also responsible for. Söderberg primarily worked towards making GIS understandable and useful to military personnel who had little prior training in using digital material or computers. Söderberg later expanded these GIS services for use by all of the UN-forces operating in the Balkans. These international commitments made Swedish expertise in GISone of the most advanced in the world during the 1990s. Söderberg explains how the Swedish Armed Forces were completely dependent on civil producers, primarily the LandSurvey, for geographical information. It was primarily due to traditionalism within the Land Survey that other organisations, like Satellitbild, could compete with providing satellite remote sensing services. Söderberg also purchased services from international providers of geographical information. Söderberg eventually established new forums for geographical information that had relevance for the Swedish Armed Forces. Much of this work have since then been disbanded or integrated into the Land Survey and its commercial branch, Metria. It is only recently that the Swedish Armed Forces have begun reinstating its own military geographic units.

Place, publisher, year
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018.
Keywords [sv]
Lantmäteriet, Geo SE, Satellitbild, Metria, geografiska informationssystem (GIS), fjärranalys, flygfoto, satellitbilder, Balkankrigen.
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History of Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-235200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-235200DiVA, id: diva2:1249019
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50 år i rymden: Ett dokumentationsprojekt om svensk rymdverksamhet
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QC 20180921

Available from: 2018-09-18 Created: 2018-09-18 Last updated: 2020-03-06Bibliographically approved

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