Within hours of the Columbia shuttle crash, a group of Stephen F. Austin students created the first maps of the shuttle's path. They were the first responders using GPS tracking. They helped discover thousands of pieces of debris throughout the investigation. [That was 10 years ago.]
AppGeo’s Michael Terner believes the FOSS4G conference “serves as a bellwether for the overall health of technological diversity in the geospatial industry.” In 2014, he suggests, the industry is thriving.