We are witnessing what may be one of the worst man-made environmental disasters of all time. As devastating as Chernobyl and even more catastrophic than the Exxon Valdez, the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico increasingly appears to be the result of deliberate decisions to cut cost, and save time.
Today, GIS is becoming more part of business processes, and the consequence of this change is that there are many more users with much higher requirements regarding the availability of GIS services. This column describes the path from a workgroup to an enterprise GIS.
Earlier in the month I was asked to present at the British Cartographic Society conference on the issues of accurately representing “place” in a 3D model. The concept of ‘place’ (as opposed to simply ‘location’) has been gaining prominence in recent years, with the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) 2009 conference focusing on place as it’s core theme . In the UK there is growing acceptance of the importance of managing the public space (streetscape) as a single entity rather than as a collection of distinct features that just happen to share a physical location. ‘Total Place’  takes this further by looking at the wider efficiencies that can be gained by this joined up approach.
Looking at the world through spatial eyes is the smart way to see into the future. Spatial connections are everywhere, in everything we do and plan – we just need to know how and where to look for them.