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Data versus documents

Data versus documents

September 15, 2015

By George Demmy

An overused, over-abused word we have today is “data”. Often people say they “just want to see the data”, but that is almost never what they mean. What they really mean, is “show me the data in a picture arranged just so that I don’t have to read anything to understand it”. That may sound cynical, and I don’t mean it cynically, but that is my experience.

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TerraGo Edge Provides Data That Tells the Story of the “Price of Progress in Alaska”

TerraGo Edge Provides Data That Tells the Story of the “Price of Progress in Alaska”

September 14, 2015

By: Mike Gundling

Working in Alaska, well north of the Arctic Circle, Stephen R. Braund & Associates charts the price of progress and how it affects the lives of people who have lived in a place where summer days are 24 hours long, as long as winter nights. Places where rivers change course, where lakes disappear into ground that was once permafrost, where caribou and fish race to stay ahead of an ever-warming climate, while diminishing in number. 

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Deploying the Eyes of the Enterprise

Deploying the Eyes of the Enterprise

September 9, 2015

By George Demmy

If TerraGo’s tag line is “Share Anywhere”, then I would have to say that “do more with what you already have” is its mantra, though that is certainly implicit.

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When will GIS disappear?

When will GIS disappear?

September 2, 2015

By George Demmy

Geographic Information Systems (or one of the other subtle variants of the acronym) will never disappear completely, but they should be more invisible than they are. It’s remarkable how long the apparent (and mostly false) dichotomy between that’s what’s spatial and that’s what not spatial has persisted. Having spent a good part of my career letting people integrate place into their workflows and systems, however, I can understand why it’s there, however. There are thousands of different coordinate systems with their different purposes, etc., and one person’s place exactly where they think it should be is not where another might expect it to be. Further complicating things are units like rods and chains and feet (really, feet are still used, in some places. And there is more than one foot to choose from!). A grad for good measure (pi/200 of a radian, in case you were wondering). Making that all go away for people for whom that’s a raft of irrelevant implementation details is actually pretty hard work, and I have the source code to prove it.

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