GIS er overalt lærte jeg lige da jeg var ansat i mit første job i et GIS firma og endnu ikke anede hvad GIS var for noget. Idag ved jeg at det er mere end sandt. Fra min baggrund i matematikken ved jeg også at selvom noget (i dette tilfælde matematik) findes i alt så er det altid det som er det vigtigste. At min aftensmad befandt sig i en endelig afstand af mit legeme på et givent tidspunkt for så senere at konvergere imod en singularitet i et punkt indenfor mit fysiske legeme er jo fint nok, men det var nok mere det ikke målelige, det ikke definerbare som gjorde oplevelsen til noget særligt. Det samme med GIS når vi ikke taler til fagnørderne ... GIS skal være en oplevelse, en nydelse ...
GIS is everywhere. That I was lectured at my first day at my first GIS job and at that point still weren't able to tell GIS from the rest of the world ... Today I know it is true. Coming from a world of math I know that just because it is inside everything it doesn't mean it IS everything. I know for a fact that my dinner was served at a finite distance from my body and that it over a short period of time converged towards a singularity point within my body - but knowing this didn't make the dinner taste any better - instead it was the inmeasurable and the undefinable factors that made the experience special. The same goes for GIS when not served for the GIS nerds ... GIS has to be an experience and a pleasure ...
While it may be hard to think about innovation given the current business climate, there’s a increasing cry for greater creativity as a means to compete in the global economy. My previous Perspectives column focused on the technological frontiers for GIS advancement, and this is a related post that takes a look at ongoing problems that geospatial tools can help solve.
All of the areas of growth that I’ll explore will require an expansion of the current geospatial toolset, and will likely involve new players. Given the focus of Vector1 Media on sustainability, I’ll look primarily at areas that stand to gain greatly by balancing the needs of the economy, the environment and society.
Urban Monitoring and Modeling
A growing percentage of the world’s population lives in cities, and cities present humankind’s best prospects for living more lightly on the land. The move to create more efficient cities points to a great many opportunities for geospatial application. While cities are currently among the most innovative and long-term users of geospatial technology, there’s still a ways to go in modeling their surroundings, and using these tools for more in-depth management of assets and services.
While cities have spent a good deal of time and effort on e-government initiatives very few have explored the true power of the technology to offer services to citizen and to monitor the effectiveness of their workforce. A few cities stand out for their placement of web-mapping as central in their IT strategy, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Both of these cities have created award-winning effort to use Web-based tools for greater transparency and accountability of their operations. Cities are particularly hard-hit by the current economy due to a dramatic drop in tax revenue. The tools that these two cities have developed provide a clear pathway toward saving money by increasing efficiency and reducing bureaucracy. The benefits from such systems makes them necessary investments whose justification only increases as the economic climate gets worse.
The development of highly detailed digital city models is now something that is within easier reach given the use of 3D laser scanning technology, highly accurate aerial images, and advanced visualization software. As the technology has come together, so too has come a need to think holistically about planning, and to incorporate elements of sustainable design that consider energy use and impacts. These high-resolution 3D city models provide great growth opportunities for all infrastructure projects, but most critically in highly dense urban areas . [...]
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