Advancing Geographic Information Science: Report
A new report entitled Advancing Geographic Information Science: The Past and Next Twenty Years has been published by GSDI Association Press, edited by Harlan Onsrud and Werner Kuhn. The e-book’s 30 chapters (or you may order a paperback here) include many themes that we focus on in this blog and in our book, The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data. Because of these themes, and because the authors of the chapters include many who are recognized scholars in GIScience, we believe the book merits close attention. Particularly germane to our focus on data sources, quality, crowdsourcing, privacy, and standards is Part One of the book: GIScience Contribution, Influences, and Challenges. Onsrud, a long-time and well-repected GIScience and Engineering professor at the University of Maine, and Werner Kuhn, noted professor of GIS at UC Santa Barbara, have done a careful editing of the book’s content and have pulled together some forward-thinking pieces.
This part (one) of the book includes Contributions of GIScience over the Past Twenty Years, by Egenhofer, Clarke, Gao, Quesnot, Franklin, Yuan, and Coleman, Technological and Societal Influences on GIScience, by Winter, Lopez, Harvey, Hennig, Jeong, Trainor, and Timpf, Emerging Technological Trends Likely to Affect GIScience in the Next Twenty Years, by Nittel, Bodum, Clarke, Gould, Raposo, Sharma, and Vasardani, and Emerging Societal Challenges Likely to Affect GIScience in the Next Twenty Years, by Ramasubramanian, Couclelis, and and Midtbø. The technical and societal influences on GIScience described here include databases, free and open source software, spatial data infrastructure, GPS, sensor data collection, the Web, web mapping services, mobile computing, social media and crowdsourced data, and linked data. Privacy needs are among those described in the “likely to affect GIScience in the future” technical chapter. I found the reflections on older populations, bioengineering, natural disasters, safer mobility, and sensors to be thought provoking in the “coming societal trends” chapter.
If you care about data and other issues surrounding GIS in society, including the where the field has been and where it is headed, this book will be worth your time in investigating.