GeoWorld, September 2012, pp. 26-29
The September 2012 issue of GeoWorld Magazine (pp.26-29) showcases CloverPoint’s Insight technology in New Reality: Semantic Web GIS Will Take Us across the Threshold.
“The Internet was supposed to homogenize everyone by connecting us all. Instead, what it’s allowed is silos of interest.”
— Seth Godin,
On the Tribes We Lead
The growing pains of the last century continue to be a focal point for writers trying to make sense of how society’s quantum leap from Industrialization to the Age of Information changes how people consume and share information—how they live their lives.
When examining emerging technology, to focus on the gadgets is to miss the point entirely, confusing products with the skill and knowledge behind their design. In fact, products come to represent technological benchmarks only because of the way they’re labeled and packaged for consumers. In truth, there’s little technological difference between a 512MB flash drive and the 32GB model, no matter what marketers tell us.
Products rarely emerge; they’re assembled, packaged and consumed. They become obsolete, and they’re replaced by a new model each year. The technology behind these products, however, is more ephemeral: less of a what than a how. It’s not created according to a schedule. Instead, it evolves and emerges as innovation dictates and epiphany strikes.
The addition of cheaper, higher-resolution screens to mobile devices was an attractive and popular design element, but the real “game changer” was the incorporation of spatial data to “geotag” photos. By using data such devices already access, the quality of information already captured by average users increased by an order of magnitude.
The University of British Columbia’s Insight 3-D model demonstrates how rich, dynamic and spatially accurate models of the real world may be constructed using streamlined coding languages such as GeoJSON.
And although a larger-capacity portable hard drive can be useful, it was the growing movement to cloud-based storage that freed users from their desks and offices, and made more accessible a type of innovation that arises not from closed-door development, but from open, collaborative development communities.