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Perspectives

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Is 3D GIS Revolutionary?

The advent of true 3-D GIS will significantly and fundamentally change how we think about geographic information systems, provide a greater understanding of spatial processes and relationships, stimulate whole new areas of research as well as product development and shift our use of spatial information to a more real-time basis. In addition, it will cause

Friday, July 10th, 2009

What’s the value of a clear and consistent corporate vision?

The ESRI International User Conference takes place next week, and it marks the 40th anniversary of the company that Jack built. Much has happened in the evolution of GIS in that span of time, and many companies have come and gone that have tried to commercialize the technology. At this milestone, it seems fitting to

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

How does remote sensing connect to the concept of ecological building and infrastructure?

"Remote sensing has a strong relationship to the concept of ecological building. Unlike green building and sustainable architecture which are more directly oriented to building performance and efficiency, ecological building is based on ecology. For geospatial applications this involves the relationship of the building itself with the surrounding environment. While building design will usually involve

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

What role does software play toward designing holistically?

"The idea of designing holistically — in tune with all economic, social and environmental outcomes — is the goal of sustainable development. In order to achieve the vision of holistic design there needs to be an increased awareness of all the interactions that take place between all three of these elements. That’s a tall order

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

What is the Role of Education in Building a Digital City?

"Education plays a key role in the development of a digital city. New technologies, new approaches, changing social patterns and improved infrastructure are important aspects of a digital culture. The journey is already under way and we can see parts of it in terms of geospatial products and services as well as communication technologies. But

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

What’s the importance of a system-based approach for water resource management?

“All of the water on our planet has been here for some time, it is just recycled over and over again. The fact that water resources are a closed system means that how we handle our water supply is of utmost importance. And, since water is essential to most life on our planet, the quality

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Can Non-Government Spatial Data Infrastructure Exist?

“When we think about spatial data infrastructure (SDI) we often think about governments. Most SDI originate within government related organisations and are often stimulated by the introduction of funding structures that enable them. It stands to reason that some SDI could exist without government association, operating indpendently and for their own purposes. Afterall, not all

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

What’s the promise and status of augmented reality?

“The idea of augmented reality is to marry our real physical world with computer-based information in real time to provide a better understanding of place, enhancing what we see and experience. Much of the concept is geospatial in nature, with the need for georeferenced information that can be correlated with our location in order to

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

10 Thoughts for Someone Contemplating a Geospatial Career Today

"All things change over time. This includes geographic information systems (GIS), computer aided design (CAD), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, surveying and a wide array of geospatial technologies and applications. What I would have said to someone embarking on a spatially related career ten years ago would be different than what I would say

Friday, May 15th, 2009

How can geospatial tools help get a handle on ecosystem services?

"The accelerating speed of global change requires an entirely new monitoring and modeling system that quickly condenses data in a visual and easy to understand format. Geospatial tools are ideally suited as the foundation for comprehending the complex web of life on our planet, and getting a handle on rapid change."

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