Lawrie Jordan, director of imagery at Esri, and special assistant to Jack Dangermond, gave the keynote address at the SPAR International conference on Monday in Houston.
Jordon touched on more than a few GIS trends he is seeing, including the “convergence” of GIS and 3D imaging technology, an uptick in cloud computing, and a “stunning” increase in the use of mobile technology.
Esri data is behind Smithsonian Magazine's list of the top 20 small towns in the United States.
To help create our list, we asked the geographic information systems company Esri tosearch its data bases for high concentrations of museums, historic sites, botanic gardens, resident orchestras, art galleries and other cultural assets common to big cities. But we focused on towns with populations less than 25,000, so travelers could experience what might be called enlightened good times in an unhurried, charming setting. We also tried to select towns ranging across the lower 48.