Sometimes I get excited by the titles of GIS articles. Hoping for new thinking and fresh GIS perspectives, I jump in. But too often I find myself a little disappointed. The approach is all too familiar, the ideas presented are unoriginal.
New Thinking and Fresh GIS Perspectives?
GIS is changing. We need to assess this new landscape and take new perspectives. Discuss the challenges, propose new approaches. Come up with new ideas. Simply repeating the accepted GIS wisdom of the day is a ‘flat earth mind-set‘. It leaves us treading water. Not progressing.
And GIS has many challenges. Moving from the old client-server based model to a cloud based platform. Realizing the possibilities of mobile. Changing perceptions: from ‘the mapping department’ to business problem solvers. On and on.
How do we address these challenges? What approaches make the most sense?
Within our organization this consumes our time. We know a problem to solution focus is key. Figuratively holding hands. Evolving stories: so if you had this data, accessible from these devices, with this set of tools would that help solve this business problem?
We don’t have all the answers. We learn as we go. From clients, from others within the GIS world, from experience. We consciously tackle problems taking a fresh perspective. Not weighed down by the baggage of GIS past. And questioning accepted GIS wisdom.
Fresh. New. Original. These are essential to progress. GIS is progressing. And its up to us to help move the ship forward.