Technology Trends Introduction
In comparison to where we were about 20 years ago - current GISystems have changed a lot as the technology world around us has evolved rapidly. However, off-the-shelf desktop and web GIS tools aren't always the quickest platforms to react to these changes.
I want to help contextualize what we learn on system design and analysis with what's happening with emerging technologies. In each lesson, I will ask you to review a specific new technology trend and to imagine how those advances can and will impact geospatial systems in the future.
Each Lesson features a Technology Trend page that presents a new technology and encourages you to envision its potential impact on geospatial systems. I'll draw upon video lectures, links to live demonstrations, and other multimedia as much as I can to make these modules as engaging as possible.
The trends we will cover this term include:
- New Frameworks for Design
- Anthropology and New Interactive Displays
- Volunteered Geographic Information
- Augmented Reality
- Cloud, Edge, and Fog Computing
- Open Core
- Software Modelling: from UML to Kanban
- Making Sense of Massive Sensor Data
For each Technology Trend, I'll ask you to participate in threaded discussions with your classmates based on several prompts that I will provide. These constitute an important part of your participation grade.
On the next page, you'll find your first Technology Trend assignment. In this assignment, we will examine a few different ways of framing design problems and we will discuss how these might be valuable as design philosophies for the development of GISystems.