What does ‘the user’ expect from ‘the core’ capabilities of a system? Is it ever possible to have a ‘flawless’ core, such that accessorising it with enhancements in quality and performance is all we need? Is this the scenario with the GIS industry, particularly the GIS software space, where we have not seen much development taking place in its core capabilities, such as overlay, buffer analysis, network, map rendering, et. al.?
Interaction of the ‘User’ and the ‘GIS system’ would probably lead to the following conversation…
GIS Genie: I gave you a ‘core’ system that could take care of your geospatial data and analysis needs about a decade ago, and I see you have put it to good use. I am more powerful now, tell me what do you wish for?
User: Yes! I thank you for that, it could integrate, process, analyse and even represent all my data, be it an image taken on vacation or from the satellites high above, be it the vector or raster map data or a sound and text file, you managed to integrate them in various ways to provide the services to me and various other professionals. I sure am satisfied with it. But you gave me all this more than 10 years back. How have you become more powerful?
GIS Genie: Well, I do the job in less than half the time I used to take earlier as I have several extensions that help users to make their work simple.
User: But is it not the IT industry that is responsible for it? You do your job effeciently because of fast and robust computation technology. You are able to help users with extensions because the IT professionals are writing the codes to do so; they are even making it simple so that a common man can even integrate their location based information for various applications.
And the Genie had no answer….!
GIS this! GIS that!
Why is it so hard to explain to my grandma what is it that I do? How can I explain a layman about the use of location based information technology? Why is it that I am not as recognised as my IT counterpart? Some questions that haunt the “GIS Professional/Specialist/Expert/Engineer/whoeveryouwanttocallme”!
Should the GIS professionals fight for their recognition and hope for a “label” or should we integrate seamlessly with other information systems BUT at the same time maintain our importance and integrity.
The following is the compilation of selected blogs from various sect of GIS users, some of them giving the technological low-down and some expressing their viewpoints through this medium of free press.
Until next time… Ponder and Evolve!
This is the blogspot of self-proclaimed president for life of the Northern California Intergraph Geospatial User’s Community (NCIGUC). The blog mostly discusses the geospatial technologies at Intergraph along with random thoughts and ideas related to GIS.
Notably you shall find that most entries are in the GeoMedia category, a quick browse will inform about its past, present and future. It proves to be a good blog for people who use Intergraph geospatial products or want to find information about it. Do browse through the Popular Posts section, interesting reading ahead!
The objective of this blog is to deliver news fast! That is, the blog is a faster version of the Directions Magazine portal. This is a highly active blog with an impressive list of contributors who give their ‘take’ on the story. Do visit the archive section for the earlier happenings of the industry. Also browse through the ‘About us’ section to know more about the contributors and the philosophy of the blog.
Light and informative reading ahead! This is James Fee’s personal blog focused on geospatial technology. It discusses developments amongst the big wigs like, ESRI, Microsoft, Google, NAVTEQ, Mapquest, Oracle and open source GIS (OSGeo). And topics related to maps, programming or technology. James fee is a certified GIS professional and is maintaining this space for almost 2 years now. Don’t forget to check out the sites extensive Links section and another webspace that he maintains called, https://www.planetgs.com .
Marianne Cardwell, currently a GIS Programmer, is the owner of this blog. Though the posts are irregular and random in nature, they are somewhat thought provoking. They highlight the problems faced day-in and day-out by professionals working with the ESRI products. The recent post on ‘ArcGIS Server MapTips’ is quite informative,maybe known to many but still a little brush up on skills wouldn’t harm anyone.
This blog is the master piece of Glenn, Founder & Managing Editor of GISuser. com, LBSzone.com & SymbianOne. com. As a technology aficionado, he has written several posts that integrate various technologies, multimedia, web, mobile, etc. but the centre of attraction is the geospatial aspect associated with them.
In this blog, he intends to help the users to get the Free GIS data products like DRG, DEM, DLG, DOQQ, Census data, etc. Many of the posts show recent technological advancements, mash-ups, source of free data and more with a personal touch. He also maintains host of other blogs, AnyGeo – Anything Geospatial; Anything Google… but mostly Google Maps & Google Earth; Glenn 95 – The Nokia N95 user; to name a few.
Leszek Pawlowicz is the blogmaster of the site. A Quiz Whiz and a consultant, he covers a wide range of free (and cheap) tools for handling geographic data, including GIS, GPS, Google Earth and Maps, neogeography, free data resources, and other related technologies. Most of the recent posts are informative and highlight the usefulness of the data or the software being discussed. A must read for students and researchers.
Warning! This blog is new, only 4 months old. Allan, a GIS professional in the making at the George Mason University, writes this Blog. Most of the entries are explanations of the Lab Work done by him and links that he finds useful. He hopes that when this blog progresses, it would discuss and display final products, created by Cartographers and GIS professionals from all around.