With substantial advances in web maps and web-based GIS is desktop GIS dead?
I've read a lot about the chaning technologies and seems like they may just still be a place for desktop GIS, I certainly think so being a ESRI user for many years! But, changes are happening fast - and I am not a web developer - yet! Maybe I should be to keep up!
What are peoples' thoughts? See below:
SCraig - London, UK
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Web maps are not new, they are tools that allow easy and fast access to your business information.
However, GIS-related technologies are developing faster than ever before! With the right tools and strategy GIS is now accessible to all.
Some drivers for this rapid change include:
Rapid performance increases in IT systems and connection speeds
Industry standards, such as those set by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Integration of technologies such as mobile/cell phones with location-based services (LBS) and GPS
Web 2.0 creates a participatory, [censored] user experience
‘Mash-ups’ - the merging of info or content from separate locations into one place
The influence of Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth on the GIS industry
The emergence of the Geospatial Web or 'Geoweb'
Convergence of CAD, GIS and BIM technologies