Don Meltz has kicked off the most recent round of discussion about the nature/state of “GIS” (I put that in quotes since I am the one who declared it a myth). James and Sean also weighed with their thoughts on the subject. Like it or not, they are right. The technology that has for years been labeled as “GIS” and segmented (somewhat artificially) from the rest of the IT industry is, with increasing speed, being integrated into the tapestry of mainstream IT. This trend is not only something that I think is irreversible and good, it is something that I have been actively working toward for my entire career.
Now that the election is behind us, I have a little time to ponder one of my hopes for the future in our little corner of the world. I would really like to see the concept of the binary red-blue election map put out to pasture.
All Points got the ball rolling this time around. Peter Batty responded with his usual thoughtfulness and Paul Ramsey gets the award for the best reponse so far. I watch this and can’t help but wonder: haven’t we been here before? If we replace the phrase “neogeography” with the phrase “desktop mapping” then I feel … Read more So Neo-Geo Is Not GIS, Huh?
This one caught my eye when it came across Planet GS so I listened to the referenced piece. Suffice it so say that I’ve been kind of close to this issue (more so in the past than I am now) and this kind of thing just really burns my arse. I am less inclined to … Read more Up On the Soapbox