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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Exploring the Issues of Drones and Privacy

Fears are often illogical, but their promotion can convert them to legal realities. Is there reason to fear drones? Can they snoop, maim and kill? Yes, to the extent that guns, cars and planes can. However, we have learned to live with those deadly devices. Are these devices useful? Did we stop buying guns and

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Breaking the Accuracy Mold

Imagine a scenario in which street centerlines are stored in a GIS database with an accuracy of ±5 feet.  In the same database, parcel data are stored with an accuracy of ±0.10 feet.  And what if environmental data are stored at ±50 feet? Is that doable? As a matter of fact, presently this scenario is

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

GIS and Technology Adoption Cycles

Much has been written about the product adoption cycles of new technologies, such as the automobile, and more recently the cell phone, the Internet, and broadband.  The book “The Next Great Bubble Boom” by Harry S. Dent, Jr. uses standard “S-Curve” diagrams to map the status of a certain technologies.  This article extrapolates Mr. Dent’s