Somewhere There is a Place for Us: IIS for Institutional Spatial Information

Convergence of spatial technologies has become the norm. In the case of many institutions, geospatial is becoming more broadly spatial, where concerns regarding the “placement” of facility assets are becoming dominant, and position and location are of less importance to institutional information consumers. It seems that position is taken for granted and location is assumed to be good enough. I thought it would be of interest to extend this notion…

Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS): The Peoples’ Technology

Varied Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) user communities are forming at a rapid pace. Many UAS users and prospects are bound by their geographies of responsibilities, geographies of interest (see Figure 1) or geographies of observation. UAS, as a Peoples’ technology, provides user communities with an emancipating opportunity to control and apply geospatial collection technology without third party dependencies and in ways never before available. We’re now free to roam in our personal…

National Security Depends on Useful Information in the Hands of Diverse End Users

The term ‘National Defense’ conjures up notions of an army, navy and air force ready to protect the homeland from organized military or loosely affiliated rebel aggressors. In today’s complex world, however, this term has widely been replaced with the blanket title of ‘National Security’ due to the many activities that national governments now undertake to protect their homeland, citizens and critical infrastructure, not to mention their agriculture, energy, economic…