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Friday, November 28th, 2008

Is cartography relevant today?

Jeff Thurston — “Cartography is very relevant today. It is focused upon the representation of spatial information and knowledge through the use of traditional hard copy products and is increasingly being explored and used in creative new approaches in the digital domain. This is fostering a new appreciation and respect for the resources, knowledge and

Friday, November 21st, 2008

If the federal government had a blank check for geospatial spending, what would you prioritize?

Jeff Thurston — "Most countries are attempting to achieve sustainability through segmented economic, environmental or social approaches but an integrated approach is needed, a holistic approach. Not only wealth in a monetary sense, but a quality of life sense, can be generated. Geospatial investment would create factors like viability, healthiness, durability, adaptability, longevity and other

Friday, November 14th, 2008

What are the considerations between buying geospatial technologies directly as compared to services?

Jeff Thurston — "We are at a point in time along the geospatial maturity curve where product development and innovation has been mastered to a high degree for many technologies. The focus for many people has changed from tightening and adjusting the nuts and bolts under the hood, to one of acting to solve problems

Friday, November 7th, 2008

What innovations would you most like to see in online mapping tools?

Jeff Thurston — “I reason that online mapping tools ought to be highly interoperable, allowing one to fuse, integrate and manipulate spatial information from numerous sources in a myriad of ways. Secondly, they should provide a higher level link to visualisation that is more seamless – I’m thinking of more than cartographic presentation alone. They

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Can we do some jobs today without GIS? What would it be like?

Jeff Thurston — “GIS is an integral tool set for conducting business and many tasks and operations in society today. It is hard to imagine running an electricity grid, performing land management over a wide area or working with environmental information without a GIS today.  Like financial systems or human relations functions, GIS are embedded

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

As scientists contemplate geoengineering, how do geospatial tools assist in assessing feasibility?

Jeff Thurston — "Geoengineering suggests that wide ranging change for the positive can be applied to large-scale processes, such as climate change, to reverse and improve upon the current situation. Many geospatial technologies are new technologies, less than a few decades old, and only now beginning to provide a glimpse into these processes." Matt Ball

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

What is a spatial data model and why are they important to understand?

Jeff Thurston — “The spatial data model is the heart of a GIS and CAD system. It is more than data alone. More than format. The data model governs how well your software will perform useful functions because it represents your depth of understanding of the process(s) that you are attempting to apply spatial data

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

What role can geospatial tools play in carbon emissions trading markets?

Jeff Thurston — "To understand emissions requires an understanding of the dynamics of carbon cycling. Geospatial tools can be applied across the entire carbon cycling chain including biological processes, physical infrastructure design as well as the policy and financial interactions that support it." Matt Ball — "There are many critics of carbon trading, and most

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Are organizations that do not use geoinformation at higher risk than those that do?

Jeff Thurston — "Spatial information is an integral component of forward thinking organizations. Together with tool sets that are capable of working with spatial information, these organizations can more effectively understand their assets, operations, customers as well as threats and uncertainties. In short, their strategic foundations are stronger and their ability to adapt, respond and

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

How can geospatial technology drive political consensus on environmental issues?

Jeff Thurston — “There are many ways that geospatial technology can drive political consensus on environmental issues. Flooding, disease, conservation, water quality, noise mapping and many other issues often demand high quality geographic information, spatial analysis and integration. Action, coordination and collaboration are necessary to meet these challenges.” Matt Ball — “At this point in

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