If you were to do a search for the Nairobi city slum of Mathare on Google Maps, you'd find little more than gray spaces between unmarked roads.Slums by nature are unplanned, primordial cities, the opposite of well-ordered city grids. Squatters rights rule, and woe to the visitor who ventures in without permission. But last year, a group of activist cartographers called the Spatial Collective started walking around Mathare typing landmarks into hand-held GPS devices.
Microsoft, IBM, Apple and SAP have been making huge investments in geospatial technology and in some cases, working together. Are there implications for a new era in enterprise spatial analytics? Is this the dawn of true big data geospatial analytics?