Emerging Theme: Introduction
OK, you might think, "Well - isn't GIS already something most people consider high tech?" The answer to that question is a little complicated. In comparison to where we were about 20 years ago, yes, current GIS systems are pretty high tech. In comparison to recent advances in software, interfaces, and the ways in which regular people can participate in the development of data and tools - no, off-the-shelf desktop GIS software isn't so radical anymore.
What I hope to do in this course is to bring in new trends and themes in technology and imagine how those advances can and will impact spatial data science in the future, with particular emphasis on how those technologies fit or could be adapted to support geospatial analysis for emergency management.
Each lesson features an Emerging Theme page that presents a technology and encourages you to envision its potential impact on GIS systems for Emergency Management. I draw upon video lectures, links to live demonstrations, and other multimedia as much as possible to make these modules as engaging as possible.
The themes we will cover this term are:
- New Methods of Geospatial Interaction
- GIS and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) - includes an exercise working with UAS data
- Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) - includes an exercise
- Spatial Data Science - Data and analytics
- Real-time GIS and Analytics - includes an exercise working with operations dashboards
- Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chains
- Social Media and Crisis Mapping
- Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (geoAI)
- Digital Twin
- Work on Term Project
The following 4:30 minute video, Geospatial - A Golden Thread in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is from the geospatial industry website, Geospatial World. It is a bit sensationalized but does cram in a lot of interesting content about technology and geospatial and provides some viewpoints from industry leaders. I hope it makes you want to learn more about these emerging themes!
On the next page, you'll find your first Emerging Theme assignment. In this assignment, we will examine new types of mobile interfaces and discuss how they could be integrated into future GIS systems for emergency management.