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.
IT STARTS WITH MAPS: We’ve used maps for hundreds and hundreds of years to understand the earth… Nowadays, everybody is texting and sending geotagged information. We have the speed of the internet, remote sensing satellites, software like Google Earth and that nice lady with a beautiful voice that tell us to turn right… It’s the geospatial revolution! Continue reading GEOSPATIAL REVOLUTION: Maps, its evolution and importance to the world
Curious, in spite of not being long or new, this video introduces many topics of GIS. The video, made by ISTEC Science and Technology Information Center of Colorado State University, begins with children hunting a hidden treasure. using a modern, ergonomic GPS device. That might represent the advancement of such technology about to be operated by children in a game. Games aside, the video relates the functioning and development of satellites, GPS and GIS devices. GIS are already used by cartographers, public administrators, architects and geographers, for example, to improve the quality of life of people and animals. A professor at CSU tell us how exciting it is to work with and to be related to various economic sectors and different job opportunities: natural disaster prevention, people rescue, animal species extinguishment protection, climate change… How exciting it is to be able to zoom in and out images of the earth in different layers with different informations, and to be able to ask and solve questions related to location. Continue reading EXPLORING GIS AND GPS