June 8, 2010

The lights go on!

Posted by josediacono @ 11:50 am under Uncategorized

The lights go on when people see their data in a mashup

I have just been reading an article “Learning to Share”  in Position Magazine about the implications to GIS people of Council amalgamations. It mentions that old problem: people don’t understand the benefits of GIS so how do you get them to give it a priority? I think the answer lies in Mashups because they let you  show your colleagues and masters their data mashed up with other people’s data and in a familiar, user friendly environment such as Google Maps or Bing Maps. Then the lights go on!  It doesn’t cost the earth and you can quickly change things when your users come with all sorts of new needs.

This has made me hugely excited about a Mashups workshop I am jointly hosting at the GITA Conference in August. More about the workshop

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