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Perspectives

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Have we progressed beyond geospatial arrogance?

A conversation that took place at the industry’s largest geospatial gathering this summer is hard to erase from memory. There, a long-time industry veteran who is well respected to the point of holding office in a major industry association and giving many keynote addresses at regional events made a statement along the lines of, “we

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Is it time for another spatial analysis revolution?

Earlier this month, noted geospatial author and spatial analysis pioneer Joe Berry gave a series of talks marking his retirement. His 40-year perspective on the evolution of GIS technology takes in a remarkable progression from punch cards to digitizers and on to personal and portable computers. Much of the changes to GIS were driven by

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Is the convergence of geospatial technology ripe to cause disruption in natural resource industries?

A new population projection from the United Nations pushes past predictions beyond marks made just a decade ago. The new numbers show that we have an 80 percent chance of reaching 11 billion people by 2100, up from today’s seven billion number, and well beyond the prior estimate that showed growth rates leveling off. With

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Has your geospatial consulting business been smacked by the convergence of social, mobile, analytics and cloud?

There’s a clever acronym for the convergence of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC). With SMAC there’s a great deal of opportunity for improved efficiency of services for government and enterprises that engage a large customer base through websites, social media and mobile applications. Using these many touch points yields a large volume of data

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Is there any progress on location privacy protection?

There has long been a call for some safeguards for location privacy, not only to put some checks on the surveillant state, but also to curb some of the bold uses that marketers are making with our data. There are many examples of corporate and government abuses of our location privacy, and they only seem

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

What does real-time computing add to geospatial analysis and system performance?

One of the more amazing things to come out recently in the geospatial sphere is the coupling of GIS functionality with SAP HANA, the platform as a service that returns real-time analytics with its in-memory processing. The speed at which this predictive analytical engine operates, coupled with Esri’s GeoEvent Processor for real-time data feeds in

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Will there be backlash to free open location data when more for-profit providers pounce?

The justification behind free and open municipal data largely centers around improved transparency between government and citizens, and the means for the citizen to create apps to better serve their own and other people’s needs. While this ambition is being fulfilled, there are also those aggregating open information in larger datasets with the intent to

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Is mapmaking becoming as easy as PhotoShop for the planet?

At the rate that earth observation platforms are advancing, daily and even more frequent images of our world are becoming available. These regular updates are coupled with more automated processing tools as well as an increasing number of digital tools for cartography and artistic mapping. The continuum for more accuracy in our work has been

Monday, July 14th, 2014

What are the top ten promises of wearables for greater geospatial awareness?

The wearables are certainly coming. We’ve seen the future in Google Glass, and the Android wear watches that are extending our handheld devices to be more hands free. We know that there is great value in extending technology to be more in tune with our actions, and less intrusive to our navigation.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Can we afford to ignore the importance of Earth observation for carbon and climate accounting?

We’re on the eve of the launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2, a direct copy of a satellite that was lost in a rocket failure more than five years ago. This sensor’s promises to accurately account for the global measure of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere, both for CO2 emitted, and

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