Why we have to thank neogeographers like Google

This is the name of Eric Van Rees interview conducted with the leading men of three outstanding companies in Geoinformatics technologies:

  • Jack Dangermond, ESRI President
  • Richard Zambuni, Director, Bentley Geospatial Line
  • Ton de Vries, CEO of Bentley Cadastre line and land development
  • Halsey Wise, Intergraph President and CEO


clip_image002The document is interesting, and comes at a time when evolution in desktop technologies (Desk GIS) have evolved considerably to the web (web GIS) and its integration with CAD has progressed a lot. All of this is apart from the growth and consolidation of exchange and integration web standards.

The interview was based on a series of questions, in which each participant presents a vision of its business against the market trend. These are the questions, not literally translated:

  1. What will be the role of GIS specialists in the future? Will these be more specialized in computer science or will they continue considering them as GIS experts? Or perhaps we may need specialists with multiple domains of technology, economics, social sciences and law applied to the geo?
  2. Do you think the desktop-based GIS tools will continue or will be replaced by server-based?
  3. Does your company have a responsibility to the global crisis? Does this include opportunities to apply GIS? How?
  4. GIS industry in Europe is based on INSPIRE, clip_image003GMEIS, SIX and GALILEO at this time. In the United States are not interested on these, I have the impression that here this industry is based more on what Google, Microsoft and Yahoo do and how to integrate with them. What do you think about it?
  5. The integration of CAD with GIS is a skill that every day becomes more important. What is the current solution that your company has now to ensure that GIS-CAD integration? What do you think the future will be: will we continue seeing these two specialties or do you think it’ll be the moment that both have a total integration?

If you want to see it, you should have to consult the June issue of the Geoinformatics journal, which apart brings other articles of interest:

  • Sonar Data for seabed
  • Map of soil use in Australia
  • Mapping the world with free GIS software. This is the continuation of the line brought from the three previous versions of open source GIS tools. The article is interesting, based on the book by Gary E. Sherman, with that name; see the chart and the position that gives gvSIG a user level of expertise.
  • AutoDesk, saving the city from overpopulation
  • Cicade & DIMAC Systems.

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