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Friday, November 18th, 2011

What’s the future of the active map?

The instantly-updated map provides a sense of magic, as in the “Marauder’s Map” that is so central to Harry Potter’s edge against his pursuers. Within that fictional map context, there are details of every nook and cranny of the school grounds, including secret passages, as well as the name and location of every person in

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

What Do You Consider To Be the Hottest Jobs In The Geospatial Sector Today?

Spatial data can be found in many business processes and work flows today. Geospatial technologies are constantly innovating, and social pressures and environmental concerns are driving new solutions and applications. The pace of change is increasing, and austerity measures around the world are causing new forms of spatial data use to rise as demanding challenges

Friday, November 4th, 2011

What smarts do geospatial technologies offer smart cities?

The world is rapidly becoming more urbanized, having achieved a milestone of 50% of the population living in cities just a few years ago, this is projected to explode to 70% by 2070. The frenzy of construction that is needed to house millions more in an urban setting comes with a chance to rethink and

Monday, October 31st, 2011

What Do You Think GIS In The Cloud Will Be Like?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have evolved remarkably over the last 50 years. What began as a desire to perform mapping functions using computers, is now a collection of modules, functional capabilities and software programs all configured toward a system for handling geographic-based information. Recent trends toward software as a service as compared to products means

Friday, October 21st, 2011

When does more geospatial data beat accurate data?

The amount of data that we generate is reaching staggering proportions, with an expected increase on the order of 800% in the next five years. With 90% of the world’s population now within a mobile phone network, and cellphone use still on the rise, we can only expect the increase to be ongoing and exponential.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Do Surveying – GIS Workflows Really Exist?

Many people talk about the relationship of geographic information systems (GIS) to surveying. To a distant observer, it sounds as if they are connected, seamless and supporting work flows beyond singular operations alone. Are surveying equipment manufacturers creating work flows outside of computer-aided design (CAD) that truly integrate GIS?  Are GIS users working with surveying

Friday, October 7th, 2011

How do crowdsourcing, the Internet of Things and Big Data converge on geospatial technology?

While this column title may sound a bit like buzzword bingo, perhaps only missing ‘in the cloud’ to declare a winner, all of these technology trends are linked strongly to the power of geospatial technology to synthesize, visualize and analyze global change. We live in a time of great technological, political, and social disruption, amid

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Is the Gap Between Surveying and GIS Contributing to Lower Precision Farming Uptake?

Many people have talked about a gap between surveying technology and geographic information system (GIS) technology over the years. Recent reports of precision farming uptake indicate lower than expected results – all at a time when commodity prices are high and food production is high on the agenda. What are the reasons for these lower uptake

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

What are some ‘where’s my jetpack?’ promises related to geospatial technology?

The standard line for dreams of upcoming technology that hasn’t yet materialized has become, “Where’s My Jetpack?” The fondness we have for projecting technology’s promise into tomorrow has left many dreams yet to be fulfilled. Where are our robotic assistants and hassle-free travel, not to mention our increased leisure time? This wishful thinking hasn’t escaped

Friday, September 16th, 2011

How Do Geo-Technologies and Spatial Data Connect with Urban Planning?

Urban planning is inherently spatial. It involves both location and time – as well as policy. Geo-technologies for planning-design, data creation, data management, analysis and visualisation are all used to support the dynamic, fluid and ever-changing nature of urban areas. And, they often tend to arise within integrated circumstances. These technologies and geodata allow urban

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