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Geo Spatial Technology And How It Is Changing The Way We Use The Web


Presented at the Welsh Tourism Alliance Conference, Vale Resort, Cardiff, 22nd October 2010

Presented at the Welsh Tourism Alliance Conference, Vale Resort, Cardiff, 22nd October 2010

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  • Diversified farmer
  • Easiest way to produce map was with Google Perhaps because it rains a lot in cumbria…
  • Can you think of any information that a tourist would want that could not be shown on a map?
  • Geography addresses the basic “Where” question.
  • Slide 1 of 2 GIS has moved on from dedicated high performance workstations to become available throughout the IT stack from the data centres to consumer mobile devices. Show satellites, 3D models, aerial photos, satnavs, RFIDs
  • The idea that we can continue to slowly adapt is dangerously complacent OpenStreetMap July 04, Facebook feb 04, Firefox nov 04, google earth june 05, live maps december 05, youtube feb 05, google maps feb 05, ajax april 06, twitter april 07, iphone jan 07, chrome dec 08, android oct 08
  • Masses of information – geographical context to help sense of it
  • Need to make postcodes easily visible Sat navs and search engines love postcodes
  • HTML 5 Location permission needs to be granted by the user IE 9 will support geolocation
  • Augmented reality clip Phone knows: location, direction, orientation 90M PNDs in 2009; 28M smartphones – 120M by 2015 Geography as Context GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Compass – each with ~25 satellites 90 million PND in 2009 worldwide, by 2015 almost all phones will have this capability
  • HTML 5 – location awareness, predictions on number of smart phones GPS accuracy improvement, location within buildings, underground LBS market est £13B by 2014 Over 15% of Apple istore apps use location
  • Open government license Big Society
  • http://richard.cyganiak.de/2007/10/lod/lod-datasets_2010-09-22_colored.png
  • What will happen to the established players like ESRI? Standards based – opensource reference implementations Feb 2009 – UK Gov Open Source policy Apache web server, mySql database, Eclipse dev environment, Drupal, Autodesk MapGuide, Linux
  • Allow the outside world to help you.
  • We are all sensors Geography as Context Real time data Position indoors and out Global IP traffic will quadruple from 2009 to 2014 .


  • 1. Geo Spatial Technology and how it is changing the way we use the web Presented by Graham Morgan MD Spatial Consultants Ltd Chairman AGI Northern Group, UK
  • 2.  
  • 3. Expert independent advice
  • 4. Geospatial Primer
    • Everything is geospatial
    • Everything is related by virtue of location
    • Geospatial data can be drawn on a map
  • 5. Who? What? Why? When? …
    • Where are we going on holiday?
    • Where are we going to stay?
    • What are we going to do?
    • Where is the nearest taxi rank?
    • Where are the best beaches?
    • Where are my friends?
    • Spatial Relationships
    • Distance from...
    • Contained within...
    • Connected to…
    • Adjacent to…
  • 6. Where is GIS?
  • 7. Shift Happens! Karl Fisch, Arapahoe High School, CO Scott Macleod, Jeff Brenman
  • 8. What is different now?
    • Pace of change (demise of the record & film industries)
    • Speed of Communication (e.g. Twitter)
    • Rate of data creation
    • Medium of Communication (TV / newspapers -> web)
    • Chips with everything (e.g. intelligent fridge)
    • Globalisation (China has more internet users than the US)
    • Cultural Change - Wired Generation
    • Social networking
  • 9. Key Themes
    • Geography as an information context
    • Consumer web mapping
    • Smart phones with GPS
    • Location based applications
    • Crowd sourcing
    • Open data policy
    • Open source software
  • 10. Geography as Context
  • 11. Geographic Addresses
    • Coordinates
    • Latitude / Longitude
    • British National Grid
    • Datum
    • Elipsoid
    • Universal Transverse Mercator projection
    • Polygons
    • Topology
  • 12. Browser Geolocation
  • 13. Smart Phones
  • 14. Tagging
  • 15. Other Location Apps
    • SoS
    • Train Times UK
    • Navigate
    • Facebook
    • Pharmacy
    • Postbox
    • London Bus
    • ASBOrometer
    • Twitter
    • Super Tube
    • Places
    • London Cycle
    • Map my Run
    • Urban Spoon
    • Yelp
    • Moximity
  • 16. Crowd Sourcing
  • 17. Open Data
  • 18.
  • 19. Open Source Geospatial Software GRASS OpenLayers “ In 5 years time, Open Source Geospatial won't be a niche or a specialism, it will be a standard way that things are done.” Jo Cook FDO MapGuide
  • 20. What Next?
    • Enable geography as a context
      • Use postcodes
    • Support Mobile Applications
      • Provide WiFi and 3G+ networks
    • Support Big Society
      • Release datasets under Open Government License
  • 21. Geospatial Information is Pervasive In 2015 position will be “always available” through Smartphones, RFID tags and other sensors. The value to each application will be variable, but it will always be there.
  • 22. Thank You
    • Graham Morgan Spatial Consultants Ltd
    • [email_address] www.spatialconsultants.com
    • AGI Foresight Study: www.agi.org.uk/foresight