The innovations that impact the geospatial profession don’t just raise questions about tool relevance; they raise questions about people relevance. Photogrammetry is just one example of a geospatial specialty that is becoming simplified due to automation in hardware and software.
As unmanned aerial systems (UAS) become more prevalent in the skies, the United States is engaged in spirited conversation about their impact on the constitutional guarantees of privacy and free speech. Over the next 10 years, tens of thousands of these vehicles could be safely darting in our national airspace, providing a wealth of valuable services to homeowners, ranchers, farmers, journalists and businesses. Many of these vehicles will be equipped with remote sensing technology enabling the identification of individuals. This technological leap forward brings with it challenges to our concept of “privacy” and “free speech” our society has not yet faced.
This 144-page report contains detailed information on the complexity, direction, and completeness of GIS projects being implemented at 515 organizations-a 9% increase in participation from the 2008 edition.
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced the publication of the 2008 Geospatial Technology Report. This 149-page report contains detailed information on the complexity, direction, and completeness of geographic information system (GIS) projects being implemented at 467 organizations-a 21% increase in participation from the 2006-2007 edition.