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Thursday, September 18th, 2008

How do you think the current world financial situation will impact the geospatial industry?

Jeff Thurston — "The current world financial situation involved a significant amount of over-leveraging – derivatives. The wild fluctations we currently see, and the continuing downturns, are attributable to world wide de-leveraging. As painful as the current financial situation is, the correction will build the foundation for operating down the road. The geospatial industry has

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

How can geospatial technologies contribute to more livable cities?

Jeff Thurston — "Spatial information allows us to understand cities better and to make better decisions about them as a result. Technologies that create, manage, analyse and represent that information are fundamental tools supporting 21st century living spaces. The city of tomorrow will be built upon a foundation of sustainable processes that will generate cleaner

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

What are three major trends in the use of spatial information and where are they leading?

Jeff Thurston — “Three major trends in the use of spatial information include increasing use of remotely sensed imagery, the integration of information for GIS / CAD modeling and the use of spatial information for graphically rich visualisation / simulation environments. In general spatial information is being served to, and used by more people and businesses than ever before. We

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Will digital city models become one über model or separate models for specific domains?

Jeff Thurston — “I think digital city models are continuing to evolve and will include a collection of models. Although some of the elements of these models may be similar, particularly foundation elements, model performance will vary for many unique reasons. The concept of a one-world model looks attractive, but reality for most cities varies widely. Technical performance is an

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

What is the business value of environmental applications and where do CAD and GIS fit into that?

Jeff Thurston — “The business value of environmental applications is growing significantly and will become the dominant economic force for generating wealth in the near future – efficient land use and effective infrastructure solve environmental problems and is good business. Some geospatial leaders understand this and are investing in these applications and technologies and are already beginning

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Do you think GIS as we know it will “disappear” into the cloud?

Jeff Thurston — “GIS has been waiting for the cloud. GIS was born to exist in the cloud. It will reach its highest potential there. The Cloud is fertile ground for a GIS. A GIS is about much more than location alone. Its truest value and highest potential are exposed through the capability to perform

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

If the world cannot come to agreement on GPS systems, where does that leave programs like GSDI?

Jeff Thurston — “Some people wish for a global GPS network operated by a UN type global agency. But is that necessary? Likely not. At the end of the day all that matters is high quality data, and for that data to be available to GSDI. Whether there is one or ten operating GPS systems

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

If we lost all the technology, would there still be geospatial insight?

Jeff Thurston — "It’s not too hard to think of a society based on pre-digital and pre-Internet based geospatial technologies because many of us can remember it. Imagine what you were doing in the 1960’s and 1970’s and the tools you were using back then. It took longer to measure something, longer to survey, longer

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

What is a GIS?

Jeff Thurston — "The definition of a geographical information system (GIS) evolved from a significant amount of research, discussion and debate in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, although the first computerized programs capable of performing GIS began much earlier. By definition, a GIS collects, manages, analyzes and displays geographic information." Matt Ball — "The definition of

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

What are the parallels between the stewardship of our planet and the healthcare of humans?

Jeff Thurston — "In a geospatial sense, one of our goals as a community is that we have the tools to understand, learn and explain to each other the relationships of the earth’s resource status and health in relation to development. The value of this role is perhaps one of the highest and most important

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