This week GPS Bites interviewed Adena Schutzberg of Directions Magazine. She is currently working as a GIS consultant and is serving as a content adviser to the Geospatial Revolution video project at Penn State University. A short excerpt from the interview is as follows:
GPS Bites Asked: During your time working in GIS, what have been the most exciting and innovative developments that have occurred? Whether from consumer, business, or military perspectives.
The most exciting innovation, the one that still gets me excited, relates to interoperability.
Adena Said: I remember the first time I understood the impact of it. It was in 1992 and I was in a bar with a real visionary, Dennis Boston, who last I knew worked at Georgia Power. He explained how in the near future any GIS would be able to “pull in” data from any other. Remember that back then we didn’t have FME (Safe Software’s Feature Manipulation Engine) or Spatial Data Objects (FDO, Autodesk’s platform for data interchange, now an Open Source Geospatial Foundation open source project) or the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
Boston was of course correct; we now can read and manipulate file based data and web-served data in virtually an format, on virtually any platform, using virtually any software. Not only that, we can even use geoprocessing services from other vendors from a variety of software on the desktop, table or mobile phone. In retrospect, perhaps it was inevitable that I’d spend five years consulting to the OGC!
You can read the interview in full on the GPS Bites website.
Here's the articles from Directions Magazine published during the last month that I found interesting.
Last time I aggregated articles from Directions Magazine was early March. Here's selected articles published on DM since then.
Here's a few Directions Magazine articles published in the past month that I found interesting: