While cataloging numerous applications (planning, transportation, land information systems, public safety and law enforcement, managing natural disasters, natural resource management, social issues, and human health), Dangermond discussed mapping foreclosure patterns. He ran an animation that clearly showed the pattern of higher numbers of foreclosures two hours away from major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. "It isn't the downtown areas, or even the near suburbs, but way out - the consistent pattern of increased gas prices caused the foreclosures. Geography tells that story. GIS is about telling stories."
Dangermond highlighted the following trends.
- Growth in the number and sophistication of "Fusion Centers" (centers built around the country to support emergency management)
- Increasing popularity of mashups, which will bring the notion of GIS to "virtually everyone"
- Increasing integration of imagery
- More support for mobile applications (LBS)
- Geobrowsers are becoming the norm
- Content (not just data) will become an integral part of GIS, and it will be delivered by services.