Geospatial Revolution Project needs your ideas

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We are in the initial research and development stage of our project. Many of you have been generous in sharing your ideas and stories with our team, but now we want to share them online where they can generate further discussion.  We are looking for:

  •     Story ideas
  •     Locations for filming
  •     Thoughts about the evolution of geospatial technologies
  •     Interesting Personalities for potential interviews
  •     Potential issues and concerns about geospatial data
  •     Where will we be in 5, 10, 20 years?

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Thanks in advance for your time and continued support of the project!

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I think there will be major advances in the application of GPS/GIS in our transportation system. I think the GPS will be replaced with an on-board computer that controls and supplies us with all of our information and entertainment needs. No need for plugging in iPods, Phones, GPS stuff. Everything will be hands free and voice activated. We'll have the Batmobile or Kit the supercar.

This includes intelligent highways that route us more efficiently, cost-based congestion pricing that makes us pay for using the roads at peak times, safe routing to avoid high-crime areas (something I'm currently working on), sensors in our vehicles to avoid accidents, and unfortunately ads on our GPS units.

Yes, Andy. I agree. I think we can also use GIS to help out city planners in improving our cities to be "greener" by mapping public transportation throughout the cities to connect places together in order to lower carbon emission from cars. Coming from Los Angeles, I think we indeed need something like that to make it "trendy" and feasible.

As someone who helps nonprofit organizations adopt the latest technology, I'd love to see some examples of how community groups and grassroots-level activists are using digital mapping tools. Some of the work these groups and individuals are doing could have only been produced by government, big business, or academia only a few years ago, but the power of effective mapmaking has come to the people. I'd also love to see examples of counter-mapping, using maps to demonstrate socioeconomic data contrary to conventional wisdom or popular opinion.

A segment dealing with GIS and RS and water quality/quantity may be appropriate, particularly given the droughts in TX and the Southeastern US recently. The lack of water in areas that have seen rapid growth have brought long simmering water ownership issues to the surface. Development and water withdrawals upstream vs. environment downstream has a spatial component, as does monitoring drought using satellites and GIS. On the reverse side, the Great Lakes contain almost 20% of the worlds fresh water. There are several initiatives under way using GIS and RS to monitor and attempt to improve the quality of Great Lakes water.

I suspect that several story threads can be woven using some of these topics and others that I'm sure have been suggested.

Sounds like a great initiative. As someone who is interested in golf related GPS applications I am all for GPS tracking of golfers, especially if we can identify the slow players!

What about time?
At the last AWRA spring specialty conference, a man from NOAA talked about time maps. Running with this idea has provided new ways to look at data and GIS.
I’m working on swapping out spatial coordinates in the GIS for time coordinates to show how a fixed location changes over time. By replacing X ,Y or Latitude, Longitude with day, year coordinates you can map attributes like water level over time and observe seasons, sea level rise, response to hurricanes and flood events, and more. Moving into 3D ArcScene you can add other dimensions/attributes with color or texture to see the response of water level to flow speed and direction over time.
There are opportunities to replace any of the spatial coordinates in GIS with time to create temporal topography and provide insight into the natural world with its profusion of connected processes and relationships.

How about the topic of Improvements to elevation data…
With fine elevation measurements of the sea surface over time and repeated measurements by satellites over time, some folks have managed to average out waves and tide to map the shape of the bottom of the ocean, right? That is how Google Earth now has more detailed bathymetry where sounding data is sparse, I think.
On Land LiDAR has done wonders for flood mapping in flat areas like Florida. It can help locate cultural sites like Indian Mounds or pyramids in the jungles of Central America.
But there is a flip side to GIS technologic improvement. Can you do a GIS myth busters like episode?
Put to rest Public fear that the lasers from the aircraft will blind their dogs. Talk about efforts that Google street map goes to in order to remove questionable or private images from their copious, multi angle, street level photos. Discuss the counter GIS movement. Some people don’t want their spatial data accessible perhaps like property appraisers from small counties or the locations of religious compounds, etc.

From my perspective, one of the most exciting and rapid expansions of geospatial data in recent years is in the field of health - rarely nowadays is a health survey done without a GPS (even in some of the remotest parts of the world), which wasn't the case even just 5 years ago. Innovative and advanced projects are now springing up to centralise and utilise these data - a few examples: ,,

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