You need to know what’s happening on the earth in a spatially continuous way and how this varies over time. Both of those are provided by geospatial technologies. Maps bring knowledge and understanding to bring better judgement. Continue reading GEOSPATIAL REVOLUTION: Climate changes, hunger, diseases and people empowerment
MAPPING THE ROAD TO PEACE – In the early 90’s, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia broke apart along ethnic lines, and the central republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina became a killing field. A wave of ethnic cleansing wiped out the Muslim populations in villages in Eastern Bosnia. Tens of thousands of people were killed. You had three separate groups: Croatians, Serbs and Muslims. It was a real mess, so they “cut up” the country. This is what the Dayton Accords were all about, and the only wat to do that was geospatially. This was the first successful use of deployable digital technology in diplomatic negotiations, helping to end a war. After nearly four years and 250,000 people killed, the people of Bosnia finally had a chance to turn from the horror of war to the promise of peace.
More than half the world’s population is now urban. Geographic information and maps are helping city governments become more democratic and participatory.
“Geospatial Revolution”. A high-quality documentary produced by Penn State University. To be released episodically on the web in response to a constantly changing technology, after all, location is everything. Continue reading THE GEOSPATIAL REVOLUTION