Neogeographers, Volunteers and Crowds
This is interesting considering MapInfo’s history of avoiding of the term (GIS) when describing themselves. Take a look at their brochure – lots of flashy eye candy, but no mention of “GIS”. (It’s not searchable, so I can’t say that for sure.)
The lament reminds me of Matt Dillon’s performance in Drugstore Cowboy when describing TV Babies.
Speaking of TV Babies, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised how popular Justin.tv is with voters in the Amazon Web Services challenge. If you haven’t voted yet, please do so.
War is too important to be left to the generals.
Maybe geography is too important to be left to geographers? NSGIC Blog points out a new paper by Michael Goodchild, Citizens as Sensors: The World of Volunteered Geography. It’s worth reading. My only disappointment is, while the abstract says he will discuss threats to privacy, I can’t find much discussion on that in the paper.
Nobody goes there anymore – it’s too crowded. – Yogi Berra
Note that Goodchild is not calling it Crowdsourcing, as those following Googles’ activities like to call it. Goodchild’s paper was published before My Location was released, a move which has raised even more privacy issues. CIO Today explains some of the privacy issues. I’d be interested in hearing what Goodchild might say about this.