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Friday, November 26th, 2010

What is the ‘New Normal’ for the Geospatial Sector?

The economic situation of the last few years has brought into awareness the realization that the previous 10 years were a special time – a time likely not ever to return. New financial and investment rules, legislation and increased transparency have changed and adjusted the nuts and bolts that held together the growth processes of

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

What forces are at play in the evolution of geospatial industry sectors?

There are many forces at work on all industries at all times that include the overall economy, technology innovation, and the competency of the workforce. The standard line is that without the right mix of talent, technology and timing, businesses either thrive or fail. The fortunes and success of geospatial businesses have ebbed and flowed,

Friday, November 12th, 2010

What is driving the need for real-time geodata, and how does that impact the spatial information sector?

While integration of geospatial technologies is contributing toward an increase in real-time geodata needs, it can be argued that a shift toward demands for greater collaboration and increased sharing within and between projects is the primary driver for real-time geodata. With more people working and sharing together, often from different localities and time zones –

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

What impact will LiDAR have on geovisualization and the CAD/GIS divide?

The model building power of LiDAR is still in its infancy, but judging by the explosion of hardware adoption, that won’t be the case for long. Today’s hardware does a good job of capturing a precise 3D reality from the air, from mobile platforms, and from stationary tripods from different perspectives and for different purposes,

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Are There Limitations for Design with CAD and GIS Software?

A recent debate included discussion on the use and application of software developed specifically for design related applications – architecture and infrastructure. Members on one side believed that software enabled them to develop many more potential designs quicker and more effectively. The other side suggested that the design process itself was impacted because of the

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Why doesn’t geospatial data really break free?

A lot of spatial data is locked up and won’t see the light of day unless major policy changes occur. While there would appear to be some legitimate concerns for some of this data to remain inaccessible, the question really is more about the benefits that we’re missing than the benefits we gain by keeping

Friday, October 15th, 2010

What is the Geospatial Community Doing to Put Clean Water in More Places Around the World?

Water is valuable, but clean water that people can drink has greater value. Some regions have an abundance of clean water, and others have do not – a geographic factor. In other places pressure on natural ecosystems that generate water are placing great stress on ecosystems, often overwhelming them. The production of clean water is

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

What’s the distinction between crowdsourcing, volunteered geographic information and authoritative data?

Various names have cropped up to encompass different distinctions about geospatial data created by and shared for free with the broader community. A video interview from this week’s InterGeo event with Jack Dangermond about OpenStreetMap and the Esri Community Maps Program sparked some dialogue on Twitter. After wading into the fray, it seemed appropriate to

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Have Social Media and Mapping Linked with GIS – CAD and other Geospatial Technologies?

Greater use of social media and wider adoption of mapping across platforms and applications is leading towards a focus on the use of a map as the interface to rich, often complex and detailed location and geospatial applications. Simple applications on mobile devices, for example, can now access data and information about business systems, health

Friday, September 24th, 2010

What if we could equally balance being found and blending in?

With our increasing use of the mobile Internet, and an increasing awareness of geospatial data privacy issues, the thought of being able to blend in or even cloak our locations seems appealing. In our hyper-connected world, there are still times when we’d rather stay low-key, and other times when we’d like to be surrounded by

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