The next big thing will be a geospatial renaissance. You may prefer to call it a geospatial awakening, or revolution, or regeneration, or even a geospatial rebirth. This will have everything to do with new technologies, and so much more.
Before I can help you discover this, we need to examine some cold hard facts in our history and go places where few have ventured to go before. We need to get real, and identify the current reality. Then we can begin to set the stage with meaningful solutions, rather than continue with our current land information systems, which are archaic and inefficient.
We need to understand the basic building block of the parcel fabric in any modern GIS system today is based upon the text written legal description. Text based legal descriptions, which lawyers control, are archaic in light of modern graphics and all the technological advances experienced by the geospatial community.
There are about 3,300 counties in this nation, each inventing and developing its own unique land information system. The decision makers on these county systems are elected politicians, and not geospatial professionals. In 2 articles found within xyHt, John Paletiello documents what is going on nationally. He entities one of his articles, “It’s Time Our Nation Wakes up!” When grading 7 categories of geospatial activities, the US is ranked 15th behind other countries. The US averages about a C grade, but when looking at the cadastre, that grade is D+. How can this be with some of the greatest technological advances ever in the last 40 years?
Where is the plan to dramatically improve upon that grade of D+? There is none. There needs to be. The threads that follow will show geospatial professionals what needs to happen, highlighting our glorious history going back 150 years, and refocusing on a dramatically different and far better future.
So do you like the idea of a geospatial renaissance? What about an internal paradigm shift within the hearts and minds of the geospatial community of professionals? And this internal paradigm shift will be even far greater than the external paradigm shift that we have seen in the last 40 years with new technologies.
It’s time for a grade A again!