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Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Is It Time to Rationalise and Re-Invent Geospatial Conferences and Workshops?

“Recent events in the world economy have turned the budgets of most companies inside out and upside down. Stock prices have dropped, earnings are being impacted and travel budgets are being limited in many cases. Both industry and individuals are looking for value as they deal with the economic situation. But ruling out the opportunity

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

What are some of the technological frontiers for GIS advancement?

“Geospatial technology hasn’t been around for very long. In a relatively short time span, many technical hurdles have been addressed and overcome, and GIS continues to expand its adoption in both scientific disciplines as well as mainstream consumer applications. While much of the promise of the technology has been realized, there are still plenty of

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Do server based geospatial applications mean people can know less about geospatial concepts?

“The movement toward simplicity has resulted in a number of people who say, “you/we don’t need to know anything about GIS or geospatial – leave us alone.” And, as might be imagined, a group of people are standing clapping their hands together. But another sizeable group are shaking their heads and remain cautious about becoming

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Is the geospatial data market nearing saturation?

“Given broad spatial data coverage of street and address data, the general public predominantly perceives spatial data as a done deal. What’s the need to collect more data when my house is on the map in more ways than one, and I can navigate to where I need to go?”

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Are Geospatial Tools Design Tools?

The word ‘design’ means different things to different people. Artists often speak about being able to design. Architects are known to communicate quality of life through design, and engineers talk about designing infrastructure including bridges, highways, power plants and so on.  How many surveyors, GIS professionals or remote sensing specialists would raise their hand in

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

What are some of the ways that geospatial technology helps assess and mitigate risk?

“While we can’t know every issue that leads to a calamitous occurrence, all of the inputs to these events are spatial in nature, and by amassing information and regularly measuring change, we can make significant improvements in reducing loss of property and loss of life.”

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Do localised GIS and spatially related textbooks for teaching and education matter?

“People understand and relate to issues and problems that are near to them more quickly and effectively. This is particularly the case in Europe. While basic GIS concepts are universal and are needed and applied in a similar fashion around the globe, a case can be made for including local / regional data, spatial issues

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Will economic stimulus spending provide a launch pad for geospatial innovation?

"There are an increasing number of demands from various market sectors in response to plans for economic stimulus. Figures have been floated by the incoming Obama administration for $800 billion to be spent on infrastructure, health care, energy efficiency, and other priorities. While there will likely be many opportunities for geospatial work, the question is

Friday, December 12th, 2008

What are the differences between North American and European geospatial initiatives and approaches?

Jeff Thurston — “There are both similarities and differences between North American and European geospatial initiatives and approaches. Europe consists of 27 EU member states as well as several non-member states as compared to  Mexico, United States and Canada. Europeans appear more coordinated in their geospatial approaches. However, it is much more difficult in Europe

Friday, December 5th, 2008

What is spatial design, and how can it be applied to sustainability problems?

Jeff Thurston — "GIS, GPS, remote sensing, surveying tools and other technologies enable the underlying processes supporting sustainable systems to be measured, calculated and analyzed – spatially.  There are no other tools that can do this as effectively as these can. Furthermore, they integrate processes in such a manner that the relationships (design processes) can

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