Geospatial requires a slightly different approach - one that fuses an understanding of geographic concepts with technical know-how.
To celebrate the first Geospatial Friday, I'd like to run through a quote on 'spatial thinking' which was provided to me by the esteemed US environmental scientist and engineer Professor Tim Foresman.
Like the previous quote from the UN this one will be broken up for easier reading.
"What is spatial?"
"What is everything? Atoms, molecules, matter; vegetable, mineral, animal and energy."
"The unseen geography holds our world together: "
"Where are we?
Where are we going?
What is here?
What is there?
What is the relationship between here and there?"
"Spatial information and enabling technologies give us the ability to map, measure, model, manage, and engage with our world."
"Spatial perspective allows us to see the world and its conditions and the impact of our decisions, before we make them and after. The digital world is part of the spatial world, albeit, influenced by a new set of intrinsic laws."
[From Prof Tim Foresman on his quest to understand spatial thinking.]
Prof Foresman is a former UN Chief Scientist and NASA head of Digital Earth. He is recognised as a pioneer in the movement that brought us Google Earth and is currently the SIBA Chair for Spatial Information at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.