So, what's going on? Is it me? Am I, and I hate to ask this question because it makes me feel old, getting jaded? Have I reached a "there's nothing new under the sun" view of geospatial technology? I don't think so. Some things excited me quite a bit this year, including ESRI's vision of data finding via Google tools and the introduction of FortiusOne's Maker!. I'm guilty of not following up much on these. Still, they are both having an impact of sorts. Regarding data "findability," I was jazzed to see GeoServer's new tools for making geodata findable via a Google search, which launched this past week. As for Maker!, I'm happy to report that the reporter from the Boston Globe who called about a "Year in Maps" article, found the Dataset of the Day series on the Off the Map Blog terrific.
Am I looking in the right places? Certainly my "sources" for news about geospatial have exploded in the past year or so with more e-mails, press releases, blogs, tweets, podcasts, videos and, thankfully, fewer phone calls. Is it possible that the variety of communications channels has spread the "news" so thin that none of it achieves "critical mass" such that it makes an impression on me? I would not discount that explanation, but it's certainly not the whole story.
What does all this say about the state of geospatial technology? I think Francica has it exactly right - it's mature. I know that I miss that users can't all sit in a room together and get "wowed" by the same new technology, as perhaps we did even five, let alone 10 or 15 years ago. On the other hand, we can still appreciate that advances in other corners, while not directly touching us now, may in time, or via new connections between our data, applications and hardware.