UNIT 75 - THE FUTURE OF GIS

UNIT 75 - THE FUTURE OF GIS

Compiled with assistance from David Simonett, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • A. INTRODUCTION
  • B. THE REMOTE SENSING ANALOGY
  • C. CONVERGENCE OR DIVERGENCE?
  • D. PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE
  • REFERENCES
  • EXAM AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • NOTES

    UNIT 75 - THE FUTURE OF GIS

    Compiled with assistance from David Simonett, University of California, Santa Barbara

    A. INTRODUCTION

    B. THE REMOTE SENSING ANALOGY

    Remote sensing as precursor to GIS

    Need for formal theory

    Excessive expectations

    Potential for new paradigms

    Technical advances

    C. CONVERGENCE OR DIVERGENCE?

    GIS subcultures

    Marketplace

    What does convergence require?

    D. PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE

    Automated geography

    Spatial information science

    Spatial processes

    REFERENCES

    Dobson, J.E., 1983. "Automated geography," Professional Geographer 35:135-43. Pages 339-53 of the same volume include extensive discussion of Dobson's article.

    Everett, J.E. and D.S. Simonett, 1976. "Principles, concepts and philosophical problems in remote sensing," in J. Lintz and D.S. Simonett, Editors, Remote Sensing of Environment, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, pp 85-127. A review of remote sensing from the mid-1970s with striking parallels with current debates within GIS.

    EXAM AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

    1. Review and discuss the "automated geography" debate from volume 35 of Professional Geographer.

    2. What is meant by a "spatial process"? Give examples of how the spatial information in a GIS can provide the basis for understanding, explanation, and the development of theories of natural or human systems.

    3. Terry Jordan, a former President of the Association of American Geographers, wrote in the AAG Newsletter that the intellectual core of Geography was endangered by "the rush to GIS and similar easily justified but non- intellectual expertise" (AAG Newsletter 23(5)). Discuss this comment.

    4. Develop a vision of the GIS field for the year 2005, in terms of vendors, data sources, education programs and disciplines.


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