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Perspectives

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Can land use planning and development occur without lying?

Mark Monmonier’s book “How to Lie with Maps,” is a perennial favorite within the mapping community, not because it’s a tutorial for deception, but because it brings to light the inherent bias in most mapping efforts. As with most communication mediums, those in power control the message in the map, and can manipulate outcomes.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

How Are Geospatial Technologies Impacting the Agriculture Industry?

World population is poised to expand to 8.3 billion by 2030. An extra one billion tonnes of cereals will be needed by that time – in comparison to total 2011 world production of 2.3 billion tonnes. Water systems are currently under stress from numerous factors and urbanization is depleting the presence of the most productive

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Are we returning to a time of heated GIS software competition?

It’s not likely that we’ll return to the degree of competition in the GIS software space that marked the late 1980s through the late 1990s, when geospatial software platform companies and service providers proliferated. There has been a good deal of maturity in the market with fewer opportunities for newcomers, and a lot of consolidation

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

What Does It Mean to Be a GIS ‘Champion’?

Geographic information system (GIS) development and applications often include a ‘Champion’ – someone that drives the project forward. While we might visualise someone holding a gold plated badge over their head like Rocky did in the movie, the fact is, anyone can be a GIS Champion. Such individuals focus on the project, attempting to ensure smooth

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

What role will robotics play in the future of mapmaking?

Automation has been a huge driver for the move to all-digital workflows in mapmaking, with automated cartography as the accepted name for this revolution prior to the creation of geographic information systems. To date, the automated storage and processing of geospatial data has greatly improved the speed and efficiency for creating consistently accurate maps and

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

How Do Geographic Information, Mapping and GIS Connect with News Media Today?

News Media  today are evolving to include more geographic related information into a continuous news stream that is globally live. The origins of stories and breaking news events are being plugged into both professional and consumer oriented tools and technologies. A digital conduit strings together rapidly innovating tools, historical information with current happenings, whose ingredients

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Is GIS the ultimate full-cost accounting tool?

The practice of full-cost accounting is gaining momentum as a means to provide a long-term view on public policy, planning decisions, and corporate social responsibility. This broader look at accounting includes both direct and indirect costs, providing a means of quantifying environmental, societal, and economic costs and benefits. This “triple bottom line” approach requires a

Friday, May 13th, 2011

How Do Satellite Images and Airborne Imagery Relate to Agriculture and Forestry?

Satellite and aerial imagery play a significant role in modern day agricultural production and forest related activities. Advances in image sensors help to identify and delineate landscape level food production not only in different ways, but more quickly and effectively than before – and at higher resolutions. Image processing software supports these sensors, providing greater

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Is Open Location the Next Open?

There are a growing number of open movements that include open access, open source software, open government, open standards, open data, open courseware, open science, etc. The Internet is the catalyst for these movements, with its ability to offer transparency, a repository, and a means to create community connections. With all the pushback on how

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

How Do Geophysical Data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Relate to Each Other?

Geophysical data and geographic information systems (GIS) are tightly connected to each other. Data arising through geophysical endeavors involve earth science, mining, archaeology, seismic, hydrological, energy exploration, geology, marine and engineering. Many different kinds of sensors can be used to capture this kind of data. That information supports the development of 2D, 3D and 4D

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