This a short essay about resource security, geospatial technology and drumming. It’s about ensuring the continued availability of resources for you and the people around you.
Today, the annual La Tamborrada celebratory drum festival is being held in the Spanish coastal city of San Sebastian.
On this day thousands of people, many of them dressed in traditional costume, gather together to march the cobbled streets while pounding on various drumming instruments.
It’s said that the festival originated during a time of drought in 1720. One hot afternoon a musical baker was fetching precious water from a fountain. To accompany his singing and to encourage his efforts local women began pounding their water basins. To everyone’s surprise the water continued flowing and as a result the gathering of drummers continued drumming.
A tradition was born.
La Tamborrada festival demonstrates how heritage, community and natural resources are all tied together.
Today, resource security is the responsibility of policy and decision makers, planners and delivery agents who have more than just drumming instruments to ensure that the water stays flowing.
Just as the drummers did on that dry day in 1720, geospatial professionals, in their own way, accompany the efforts to secure water. Geospatial is about working with infrastructure, resources and end user information. It’s about visualising this information, analysing it and supporting complex decision-making stages.
As the effects of climate change become increasingly apparent we all need to become aware of the tools which help to secure the supply of resources and thereby preserve communities and traditions.
If you haven’t already heard of the term then perhaps now is the time to listen for the geospatial rhythm.
It’s more relevant than you may think.