GISCafe Weekly Review June 19th, 2016

Stephen P. Welby, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) who also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the principal advisor to the Secretary on all matters relating to science, technology, research and engineering, spoke at the GEOINT 2016 Symposium in May on “Wrestling with Technology” and how the department is dealing with technological challenges.

Stephen P. Welby

Stephen P. Welby

GIS is at a crossroads. And its been there for the longest time. The technology has a long history with deep roots in the public sector. Technical advances with mobile and cloud are driving change. Finally GIS has come out of its shell. Is technology the driver or demand? That is a good question.

Is GIS Groaning to Move Away from its Traditional Roots?
As we discuss this question:Is GIS Groaning to Move Away from its Traditional Roots? let’s first consider the then and now. Traditional GIS is map focused, centred on 3 elements: desktop, server and web. See the diagram below:


GIS Widgets = Super Flexible Apps
June 14, 2016  by Matt Sheehan


I have always been a big fan of flexible GIS applications which are easy to extend. Remember the very popular Flex Viewer for ArcGIS? Though Flex has largely gone away, the widget based approach to configuring and building GIS applications is still here. In fact we feel for many, widget based GIS apps should be leveraged across the organization. GIS applications built for one purpose, and big bloated web applications loaded up with tools are things of the past. I used the analogy of a cruise ship versus a speedboat in a past blog post.

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