An extended look at the future of GIS. Presented to NUIM Geography MSc class, 15th April 2014


Richard Cantwell

April 15, 2014


  1. Where: Next. A look into the future of GIS Richard

    Cantwell Senior GIS Consultant GAMMA @ManAboutCouch
  2. The impact of change is often unforseen

  3. From GPS tracks..

  4. ..To Maps

  5. Automatically?

  6. Emerging Technologies ‘Hype Cycle’

  7. @philgyford


  9. Hardware, Software, Data & People

  10. Hardware: Becoming a Commodity

  11. Range of Cloud Providers Inspired by

  12. IaaS PaaS SaaS Transitioning to Services

  13. AWS Global Infrastructure

  14. Availability Zone Availability Zone SERVER INSTANCE SERVER INSTANCE http /

    ssl AWS Cloud SERVER INSTANCE SERVER INSTANCE Autoscaling Group Autoscaling Group Cloudwatch Elastic Load Balancer Users Internet A simple AWS example
  15. Internet NAT Server Amazon RDS SQL Server VPN ELB ELB

    Mapping ASG Spectrum ASG DynamoDB Amazon S3 ELB Amazon SQS Batch Spot ASG Low/Hi ASG Complex Configuration. Hybrid Approaches Amazon S3 DynamoDB ELB ELB ELB Reverse Proxy Routing ASG App ASG Spatial ASG Oracle 10g Postgres MDM Spatial Geocode
  16. • Design to take advantage of Cloud Efficiencies • Stop

    Hugging your Servers • Failure shouldn’t be a Drama • Use Multiple Availability Zones • Pay for what you Provision (not what you use) Lessons from the last 5 years
  17. Enterprise GIS in a few minutes..

  18. Location: Ubiquitous for $1.50

  19. Sensor Web becoming a reality?

  20. Software: In Transition

  21. The future of desktop GIS? @billdollins

  22. Vendors iterating Desktop

  23. Vendors embedding GIS into platforms

  24. New technologies don’t solve deeper issues @nheudecker

  25. Best of Breed Solutions

  26. Browsers: Becoming more capable

  27. ..mostly.

  28. Data Creation inside the Browser

  29. Complex Spatial Operations

  30. JavaScript & Python emerging as key

  31. New Techniques

  32. Code in the Open

  33. GitHub: Distributed versioning and collaboration

  34. GitHub: GeoData rendering & sharing @BenBalter

  35. Eg: Reverse engineered FGDB

  36. Used as input to a .gdb → GeoJSON script

  37. ‘Drag and Drop’ site that renders GeoJSON

  38. GitHub as a learning resource

  39. Smart Tools: Dumb Formats

  40. Data: From scarcity to abundance

  41. ~500GB of raw .xml when uncompressed

  42. Vector Tiles: 'The Next Big Thing'?

  43. Vector Tiles: Client Side

  44. Cartography: A new Golden Age?

  45. Velocity, Variety, Volume & Veracity https:/

  46. No dataset is perfect

  47. Mapping isn't as easy as some thought

  48. Domain Knowledge still key @Thierry_G

  49. @GapingVoid / @FlowchainSensei Geography: Distilling Wisdom from Information Geography: Distilling

    Wisdom from Information
  50. (Some) Data becoming a commodity Vs

  51. OSM as the OpenGeoData ‘Poster Child’ @PetersonGIS

  52. Spatial Data moving to the Main Datastore

  53. Opportunities: Postcodes

  54. Challenges: Move up the Value Chain

  55. Challenges: Version Control for Spatial Data

  56. Challenges: Transient Data

  57. https:/ People: Roles, Skills and Diversity

  58. New Roles: The Spatial Data Librarian?

  59. New Skills: Coding becoming essential

  60. New users: Diversity

  61. New bad maps @NBCNews

  62. “Everything flows, nothing stands still”

  63. GIS: A strong history and an exciting future Richard Cantwell

    Senior GIS Consultant GAMMA @ManAboutCouch This presentation is available at: