According to Todd Danielson, geotechnology, for the most part, is just a subset of the greater technology world. That's why this issue focuses on topics such as crowdsourcing, smartphone interfaces and augmented reality, among others.
Community citizens often are the first to notice something is amiss before municipal staff sees the same issues. Previously, these issues were reported by a phone call, if at all, and the problem grew in significance. With the expanding use of new technology, many citizens now use computers or smartphones to communicate with their local government.
Steven Ramage writes that National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) policy makers can learn from the example of Geonovum, the NSDI executive committee in The Netherlands.
Although location-based services (LBSs) are increasingly ubiquitous, they're still in the early stages of evolution. Global smartphone penetration is less than 10 percent today; as this continues to increase, LBSs will evolve and become increasingly sophisticated.
According to Daniel Sui, as the stream of geospatial data rapidly merges with the Big Data deluge and open science is promoted as the "Noah's Ark" in which everyone is to survive the current information flood, it's only natural to think strategically about what actions those in the geospatial community should take in the near future to position themselves to play a leading role in the era of Big Data and open science.
Augmented reality (AR) isn't virtual reality, where users enter a completely computer-generated world; it's about overlaying the real world. Therefore, one of the most important elements to AR often is location or geographic context.
Joseph Berry's latest column shares some thoughts and notes from a panel concerned with "GIS in Higher Education: Simultaneously Trivializing and Complicating GIS."
Crowd-sensing and citizen reporting of incidents are becoming increasingly common, with applications ranging from air-quality monitoring to building a database of all the Automated External Defibrillators in a major city to protest movements, political activism and citizen journalism, as witnessed in the 2011/2012 "Occupy Movement" and "Arab Spring" events.