Every “GIS” professional needs to read the three linked posts by Paul Ramsey, Brian Timoney, and James Fee NOW! Very interesting post on the state of GIS and spatial technologies.
A few of great articles/presentation have come out recently(ish) on the nature of geospatial industry identity. 3 of note:
1) Paul Ramsey’s talk: Spatial IT & the Spatial Web
2) Brian Timoney’s post: If Mapping is So Big, Why Does GIS Feel So Small?
3) James Fee’s short, but (apparently) inflammatory post: Goes Without Saying
These three sources are highlighting aspects of GIS/Geospatial industry’s shifting identity.
Here I summarize their questions, or the questions they are trying to answer thusly:
- What is GIS?
- Why after 30+ years, do I feel like the field has an identity crisis?
- Does this mean all Geospatial folks get to drive a convertible sports car, and act out all the parts of being in a midlife-crisis?
- Do I feel this way, ’cause in a fixed point arithmetic system, rounding to the nearest tens, half the time my age rounds to 40? Do I get a…
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