New data capture devices. New data sources. New media. New types of distribution. All of these have a foundation in the realm of GIS development and technology and will not go away anytime soon. There will always be something new around the corner that’ll require some sort of technical/computer programming know-how in relation to GIS.
However, what happened to the GIS analyst? Plenty of developers can create a mobile device application that collects geo-locations of people who bought coffee this morning and then display their locations on a map. So what? What good is that data? Will it improve society and tell us more about ourselves? Where is the analysis? Do not misunderstand. These new Web 2.0/NeoGeo data collection and display applications are awesome. They’ve driven the GIS industry to new and interesting places. But how can we have all these great new data and applications and no new analysts?
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