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Perspectives

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

How do we quickly build the next-generation geospatial workforce?

There’s a growing shift taking place across all sectors of the workforce, with 10,000 baby boomers reaching retirement age every day beginning this year. The implications of this transition is reaching near-crisis proportions, with infrastructure organizations and leading institutions faced with large gaps in their workforce. At the U.S. Department of Interior alone, a recent

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Is the Role of GIS and Geomatics Technology Changing for Architecture and Infrastructure Construction?

Recent innovations in geographic information system (GIS) technology together with growing use of geomatics technologies for non-traditional surveying applications is leading towards new uses for these technologies. This is being prompted by the creation of new architectural designs, sustainable designs incorporating more complex geometries and construction – operation requirements. Spatial technologies are capable of monitoring design

Friday, January 28th, 2011

How can the developing world leap ahead with geospatial technology?

The developing world has perhaps the greatest need for geospatial tools for mapping, planning and monitoring large infrastructure investments in order to advance their quality of life. Despite constrained resources, the scale of infrastructure ramp-up underway and ongoing in these parts of the world are inspiring, and geospatial tools are critical to make the most

Friday, January 21st, 2011

What Does ‘Building Spatial Capacity’ Mean?

Across the spatial information industry we often talk about building capacity. That can mean different things to different people. What consumers wish for and want, may be substantially different than what businesses and institutions are capable of providing, are instructed to provide and what legal questions may allow for – or professionalism and ethics. In

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Can today’s tech address the people part of design collaboration?

There were many different perspectives on the role of models coupled with interactive approaches at the recent GeoDesign Summit. The context of technology-assisted collaboration was present from many different vendors and practitioners. The role of technology to aid a collaborative decision making process has a relatively short history of field-tested results, with new technology and

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Does Free Geospatial Data Without Organisation Reach Highest Potential?

Geospatial data is free in some countries but not others. History is riddled with much debate surrounding the good and bad when it comes to whether or not spatial data should be free or handled on a cost-recovery basis. In fact, that debate continues in many places. However, does free data alone mean that the

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Will GeoDesign fuse the fuzzy and the firm?

Five years ago, in an interview with a leading CAD software executive, the distinction was made that CAD dealt with the firm realities of our built environment down to engineering-grade detail, and that GIS dealt with fuzzy issues such as wildlife migration. While pains were made to acknowledge the utility of both toolsets, the distinction

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Top 10 of 2010

In our regular end-of-the-year reflection, V1  editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball look back over the past 12 months to come up with the top developments of 2010 that will have strong implications for geospatial industry growth and diversity in the coming years. Making the list are software updates, bold initiatives, policy directives and imagery

Friday, December 10th, 2010

How Does Image Analysis Software Connect to Surveying and Measurement Technology?

Image analysis software is used to process satellite and airborne imagery. Without it, these images remain pictures and limited information may be extracted from them. Surveying instrumentation now includes the capability to acquire images. The relationship of aerial images to survey instrument images overlaps in the sense they can both occupy the similar geo-referenced locations.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Can public expectations regarding map realism ever be met?

The rapid march of mapping and visualization technologies has worked to erode the wonder of maps, and has led to expectations for real-world duplication. Gone is the awe of measurement tools and even an interest with today’s mapping technologies. The public’s expectations are so heightened that we mostly can’t fail but disappoint.

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