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(Stranger )
01/03/09 10:26 AM
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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






Brad Dre
(Stranger )
01/07/09 05:32 PM
Re: Is desktop GIS dead? new [re: scraig]Report this article as Inappropriate to us !!!Login to Reply

I've been wondering the same thing.  Two ways this can go in my mind:

1) the supernet is built out and will be free and we won't worry about how many bytes we're shovelling across the link.  If so, then why not get served tiles by a mapping server?  Great advantages like the map data exists in one place and can be updated easily.  But, even so, there are still plenty of unconnected applications and lo-speed link applications, and always will be.

2) free, ubiquitious supernet or not there will always be applications that don't or can't use it.

So, my conclusion is that desktop GIS is not dead.

Brad Dre

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