In previous posts  and  I talk about identity crises in GIS/Geospatial world related to real economic changes in the way the geospatial sector is structured. Comments have been many, but it seems that (my fault here) it quickly devolved into Planning GIS vs. Spatial IT (after all, I was responding to Paul Ramsey’s meme), in other words IT vs. Planning, and the cultural … Continue reading What is GIS? (continued again!)
In the previous post, I cite Paul Ramsey, Brian Timoney, and James Fee’s various posts on changes in the geospatial sector. Paul responded with a great post refining his position on Spatial IT vs. GIS. Due to my argumentative academic training, I can’t leave well enough alone. Besides, I said I’d follow up on Brian’s post, and the following does so, at least indirectly. Paul … Continue reading What is GIS? (continued)
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 … Continue reading What is GIS? Why after 30+ years, do I feel like the field has an identity crisis?