Last week, we had many comments on a statement that Mike Hickey, president of Pitney Bowes Software, made at Korem's Geodiffusion event in Montreal. Hickey's key point was that "the explosion of neogeography is driving awareness [and] collaborative data consolidation. Hickey explained that while neogeography is focused on "where," there is no data creation and no spatial analysis. Hickey explained that neogeography is a visualization tool that has helped "cross the chasm from early adopters to an early majority." Read all of the comments associated with this discussion.
It's essentially just repurposing of existing content. In many cases,
creative and innovative - though not always. And in some cases, unique
new perspective is created by leveraging prior investments and data
content. But at the end of the day, the old maxim still holds, "content
- Dave Smith
I don't see how you can say that there is no data creation in
neogeography, when creation of "crowd sourced" or community generated
data is one of the hottest trends in the industry at the moment. See my
recent post on OpenStreetMap for just one of many examples. And there
are many interesting things going on in terms of analysis outside the
traditional GIS area, for example what FortiusOne is doing with
- Peter Batty
Neogeography is part of the wider spatial landscape. I would argue that
through finding beer stores, locating swimming pools, determining where
to find low or high paid workers, which are some of the neogeography
applications etc. is in fact building spatial literacy at a fantastic
- Jeff Thurston
Seems to me the innovation investments now driving geographical
awareness comes from advertisement and not licensing and relicensing
and support fees and up-date fees and data fees and more support fees
and ding-you-again and again fees and...
- Neil Havermale
The confusion comes from the definition and meaning of neogeography.
More than a specific technology (mashups, virtual globes), it is rather
a new approach of geography. One thing for sure, neogeo is not a
substitute of GIS, not even a threat... Neogeo is not a good or a bad
thing, it is just there and we'd better get used to it.
- Riallant David
There is no doubt that "neogeography" is raising the awareness of the
value of location in a much broader community than ever before. And
lots of great ideas are being discussed, tested, and so forth However,
as a professional geographer, I have a hard time understanding why we
need the term "neogeography." Sure, there are new, creative ideas and
implementations related to the use of digital location Lightweight
protocols and expressions of location exist in some of the earliest
internet standards. Internet/Web deployed applications that use "geo"
have been around - with "geo" either being core or just an attribute -
- Carl Reed
As a professional geographer I'll reply that the difference is the
other 99% of the world is paying attention now. While the GIS world has
made several innovations in the past, the vast majority of the world
either did not know or care.
- Sean Gorman