In addition to the educational aspect of this site, there has also been an effort to put forward ideas that have an element of advocacy to them. Over the past year, I believe there are three worthy of special note:
- First Successful Cyber Attack Against U.S. Infrastructure
- USNG FEMA Think Tank Conference Call Transcript
- Twin Cities GECCo Workshop After Action Report and Improvement Plan
Each represents a significant way in which a pervasive lack of awareness about the capabilities or limitations of geospatial technologies means we are loosing out on the opportunity to enhance our national preparedness and response infrastructure. To understand my point, I'd suggest a review of each post listed above (and the associated materials).
Finally, if you find this blog of value to you, I have a favor to ask. Please pass along this blog's existence to others who you think might find it useful. Individuals working in the topic areas this blog covers tend to be their own worst enemy when it comes to public relations. Practitioners understand the importance and value, but sometimes the boss does not. So here's an opportunity to build engagement and awareness through examples that clearly demonstrate the world of geospatial technology is exploding around us. In an era of shrinking budgets, the job you save, may be your own. Similarly, the more individuals who are aware of the variety and extent of issues in play, the easier it will be to create meaningful change that will help us all.
Have a great week!