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Academia is Stuck in a GIS Time Warp

Prof. Fraser Taylor Director, Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, Carleton University, CanadaThe education and training that academia is providing
is geared to the perceived needs of traditional geospatial
industries and is overwhelmingly technical in nature

“Breaking down the silos between and among the custodians of
government data is important to help release the full power of
location”

Prof. Fraser Taylor
Director, Geomatics and
Cartographic  
Research Centre,  
Carleton University, Canada

Geospatial is not special anymore. Locational information on a wide variety of topics not usually associated with the traditional geospatial market is now ubiquitous and growing very rapidly. Almost all businesses, regardless of sector, can benefit from this opportunity — from the organisation of their own enterprise wide data management system to the sale of their products. This is especially true of the increasing market for location based services.

Looking at such a scenario I believe, Academia is Stuck in a GIS Time Warp