While Point of Beginning has remained grounded in the land surveying and mapping fields, there has always been a need to look further into what has evolved as a range of geospatial professions. As the tools, techniques and technologies have evolved, there are areas of geospatial that have become more specialized.

Though some of these geospatial specialties are closely aligned to professional land surveying, they may not deal with some of the elements that make up the skill set of a licensed professional land surveyor. The legal aspects of property rights, deed research and legal document filings are an example. On the land surveyor side, not every surveying operation employs the full range of technologies and tools that are part of the wider geospatial profession.

GeoDataPoint (GDP) was developed as an online publication to help provide some balance. POB and GDP began as close siblings and remain so. Our commitment to serve those information needs that fall at the edge or slightly outside the traditional land surveying profession hasn’t changed. One thing that has changed is the growing interest among traditional land surveyors in many of the topics and issues GDP covers. At the same time, there is a growing need for non-surveyor geospatial professionals to understand the context in which their work takes place.

An elegant solution to serving the expanding information needs amongst geospatial professionals of all stripes is to make use of both the print and online platforms to bridge any gaps that exist. POB is published and will continue to be published “in print,” but it is also produced in digital form for online distribution of that same print content. GDP has been a separate digital publication. It will now become a component of the digital edition of POB. At the same time, POB is expanding its digital content, using that online platform.

What this means to readers is that print subscribers will receive their print edition of POB and access to the digital edition. That digital edition will increasingly feature online content that may be referenced in the print edition but may not appear in that print edition. Videos are a good example. At the same time, the digital edition of POB will incorporate the digital pages of GDP. So, subscribers to the digital edition of POB will have easier access to GDP content within the pages of a single digital edition.  

We feel this is one way we can improve the delivery of information to the geospatial community while allowing readers to move freely through the topics and content most relevant to their needs. As we evolve this new delivery format, we welcome input from users so that we can improve and better serve you.

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