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Thursday, February 21st, 2008

What do sustainable communities and planning have to do with CAD, GPS and GIS?

Jeff Thurston — ” CAD, GIS and GPS are strategic tools for building, operating and maintaining sustainable cities and rural areas and quantifying the many sustainable and operating processes in them. They support our decision making needs, guide our policy development and assist to identify and calculate what we understand and how we understand it.”

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

How can GIS evolve to provide better insight into change over time and space?

Jeff Thurston — "Building upon the primary functions of geographic information systems (GIS) is the key to unlocking the door toward greater spatial process modeling and geo-processing. We have barely entered this phase of development and there is immense opportunity ahead. Immediate needs that come to mind for furthering this goal include : building on the

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Does Business Have a Role in Global Spatial Data Infrastructure, and What is it?

Jeff Thurston — “Business has a primary role in the development of Global Spatial Data Infrastructure. It brings innovative technology to the table, an understanding of spatial information processing and distribution as well as the willingness and passion to risk and invest. All of these are tempered with a genuine concern to solve problems ranging

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

What’s Possible Now With Mobile Mapping?

Jeff Thurston — "Mobile mapping is all about convergence. It not only brings together technologies, field solutions are increasingly designed to connect-the-dots between professionals all along the spatial information chain. Furthermore, mobile technologies shorten the distance between the office and the field with field personnel directly linked to data warehouses." Matt Ball — "When we

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

How do new developments in “green” technologies relate to the geospatial industry?

Jeff Thurston — “Sustainability and environment issues are centrally connected to healthy living on our planet and ‘green’ technologies play an integral role. Geospatial technologies are uniquely positioned to support this role because they act as the glue which binds the understanding of environmental processes to the decision making systems driving our economy.” Matt Ball

Friday, January 18th, 2008

What’s the difference between maps and geospatial intelligence?

Jeff Thurston — ” It is vitally important that we not lose track of the fact that human markup on imagery or maps, is intelligence of the highest quality and most useful. This is why maps, in the truest sense, are the highest forms of geospatial intelligence. They contain both GEOINT derived information and, as

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Where do electrical utilities fit into sustainability and what role do geospatial technologies play?

Jeff Thurston — "A multi-dimensional approach involving numerous energy sources, changed business processes and responsibilities, initiatives in city living and infrastructure and a need to to continuously assess, monitor and communicate sustainability factors will cause electrical utilities to connect more closely with the geotechnology industry. The future is bright." Matt Ball — "Like many industries,

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Why Are So Many Paper Map Products Still Produced?

Jeff Thurston — “Maps are not only hard copy records, full of personal intuitions, text, marking and interpretation, but, they are also a mode of communication – both from the creator to the user, and through discovery and analysis.” Matt Ball — “The time-tested method for communicating map data is paper, yet the digital advantage offers

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

What Does the Word ‘Map’ Mean to You?

Jeff Thurston — “For me, maps are representations of processes. They provide information and clues not only about what is happening and where, but those factors involved in their occurrence.” Matt Ball — “A map is a powerful tool, and the age of digital representation of map data coupled with handheld navigation and tracking devices,

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Why is there so little geospatial analysis?

Jeff Thurston — “If we take 10 geospatial professionals and ask them to define geospatial analysis, I would be willing to bet 10 Euro that we would get at least 5 different answers. It is difficult for many to define.” Matt Ball — “Analysis certainly takes place with all GIS systems, and with most GIS

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