What does GEOINT 2010's theme of Geospatial Intelligence 3.0 really mean?

October 30, 2010

Since GEOINT 2009, when I announced the theme for USGIF for 2010 and for the GEOINT 2010 Symposium, I’ve been asked many times: “What does ‘Geospatial Intelligence 3.0’ really mean?” It is a fair question, of course. Frankly, my intention all along was to simply spur a discussion.

It is clear to me that we are on the precipice of a new era of GEOINT, not wholly unlike the “revolution in military affairs” many of us pondered in the early 1990s. We knew something was changing and that it was significant, but we weren’t entirely clear what it meant and where we were headed.

I suggest that the convergence of cheap storage, massively parallel processing, communication at the speed of light, the realization of the cloud, the near ubiquity of GPS, the growth of location-based services, the power of mobile devices, the proliferation of remote sensing, and the intersection of social media and location all indicate we are at the dawn of a new era of GEOINT.

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