Whether we are always aware of it or not, spatial systems permeate our daily lives. From high-fidelity linear referencing systems that facilitate the planning of highways, to “checking in” with foursquare, accessing and sharing information about what things look like at a specific point and time is now the convention. With these advancements come greater expectations—both from the general public who is now accustomed to being socially aware, along with the many industries who rely on geographic information systems (GIS) for their planning, operations and communications.
Meeting these expectations will hinge upon increased data accuracy, up-to-date spatial data and increased analytic processing. And, as data becomes more accurate and more frequently updated, the visualization of this data is going to have to improve. This data will have to be consumed with acute regard for space and time in order to properly understand the context of the data. But how do we get there?
Read my recent article in 3D Visualization World
to learn what I think will get us moving in the right direction.