Quality is a decision - a decision based on a desired outcome. When it
comes to data, GIS data in particular, it is as the saying goes -
garbage in – garbage out. As project pace picks up and milestones turn
into deadlines, it is easy to overlook the relevance of data quality as a
front line mechanism in assuring purposeful data.
GIS is a versatile technology. Its power to decisively transform ‘vanilla’ maps into layered arrays of points, lines, polygons, backed with information, and infused satellite images produces ‘mashups’ that results in a multitude of choices that decision makers that can find useful.
Within just six months, two explosions have occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. There needs to be more stringent safety standards and policies to be enforced and ultimately consequences and penalties for those who blatantly disregard them.
Yesterday, Pres. Obama announced a $50 billion funding plan for public works. Do you see what the power of the blog is? My White House sources tell me that Obama read my blog (he is an avid reader of POB and RPLS.com) and decided it was time to fund our profession.
I wrote about this a year or more ago, and my position was and still is that the economy isn’t coming back. This is our new economy, one of indecision, uncertainty, huge debt and literally no future. The Apple iPhone and iPad is not what is going to save us, but infrastructure could if we would let it!
In this age of transparency and heightened environmental awareness, it is essential to provide the public – both laypeople and professionals alike – GIS data that will allow everyone to understand the horrendous effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.