Geography 970

March 23, 2010

The view from Redlands

Filed under: Uncategorized — mattmoehr @ 9:46 am

Continuing on the discussion about ESRI and the role of the software behemoth in the rapidly changing geo-web, this was an article about VGI from their newsletter:

http://www.esri.com/news/arcwatch/0310/volunteer.html

It doesn’t really say much, but I think it’s telling that the article is squeezed into a tiny headline on page 4.  I.e. “We’ll acknowledge there’s this VGI stuff going on but we’re not promoting it”.

Also, this quote makes it sound like Jack wants us to take a bullet for him:

“Our military has a slogan: Every soldier is a sensor,” said ESRI president Jack Dangermond. With VGI, “every citizen is a sensor. This is another chapter in democracy, opening up and letting citizens participate in the development of geographic databases.”

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