There is a lot of material here, and it grows daily so I wanted to provide you with some clues into how I approached organizing what will soon be more than 1,000 posts. (11/2016)


First a word about my approach to curation. This is a hand-curated site, not a scrape site. It reflects what I think a person who is in a business related to drones, robots and the IoT is interested in. This is not a site about how to fly, or how to bind your drone, or how to set up a mapping program. There are lots of good ones out there.

This is about connecting the dots and finding the opportunities. Fast.

In order to give you the meat of the original article, I frequently edit and sometimes reorganize excerpts from the original source. My intention is to give you enough to help you to decide if you want to go to the source to read the rest of it. Sometimes there is a lot more, sometimes the post has all the worthwhile content.


I was influenced by the Evernote approach which is Where, Why, What – to me a condensed version of the traditional Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

  • Using the idea of Where you can look for US states and foreign countries.
  • Using the idea of Why it gets murky
  • Using the idea of What you can look for things like names of legislation such as ARC or 333 exemption or CES 2016 or UTM

There are four main ways to access the content:


Each post is assigned to one or two categories (primary, secondary). A brief explanation of the contents is at the top of the Category page. Of course, this is somewhat arbitrary. We can agree that there are any number of other schemes that would have worked as well. No promises but I am happy to listen.

Tag Clouds

The reality is that the same words are used over and over again in the industry.

  • As this is a drone/UAV/UAS website I try not to ever use those kinds of tags as they are not useful.
  • Nor do I tag each article FAA when they are already posted in the FAA History category.

For a tag to be displayed in the right column cloud, there must be a minimum of three posts.

  • Note that the tag cloud on the Homepage has terms from the entire site.
  • Tag clouds on the Category pages are specific to the Category.
  • Click on a tag and everything with that tag in that Category will be brought up.

NOTE In some cases you will not see the tag word in the post. It is there because the word appears in the original article. This is particularly true with names.

Tag Tips

It was important to me to make it easy for users to find certain kinds of things. The following is a list of frequently used tags.

Think piece – as the name implies more about concepts and ideas than about things and places.

Interview – again as the name implies. Some are in print, some on video, a few are podcasts.

Forecasts – These are industry forecasts. The amount of content varies since many are for sale. When appropriate I have specified dates. So you can search for forecast which will return every forecast in the database, or “2020 forecast” which will only return forecasts for 2020.

Surveys and lists – these are review articles, “8 drones at CES 2015” and the like. They can also be use cases. Good if you want to get a broad sense.

Video clip  – these posts have videos, usually embedded so you can play them in the browser. A recent trend is that people are using proprietary posting techniques (as opposed to Vimeo and YouTube) in which case you will have to follow the link to get to the source.

Downloads – A download means there is something free for you. Unless we made a mistake, follow the link to get to the source. Sometimes some information is required.

White papers or whitepapers –  As suggested these are documents of various kinds from the author that are available for download.

App and iOS indicate software.

Infographic is a catch-all for anything graphic. You can also try chart.

 4 Ds is the GE concept of dirty, distant, dull and dangerous. Industrial and inspection are other terms associated with this.

Disaster and humanitarian will bring a range of stories.

This is a powerful search in that can be used with Boolean terms.

One tip is to use “quotes” to restrict the search to the exact phrase as opposed to anything containing either word.

We will be trying a number of different search engines to see which one provides the most flexibility, the greatest speed and the most comprehensive result. Please send along your comments.

You will be able use the Archives on the Home page and the Search tool to search by date. Most of the posts are from 2016, butr there are some from prior years.

Still things tend to happen in clumps – for example, the CES 2016 coverage is most likely to be in January and February 2016. Go to Archive, click on January 2016 and you can step through the month.