Geography2050: The Future of Geospatial Science

18 November 2014 by Coleman McCormick

At its core, Fulcrum is a business productivity platform focused on making field operations more productive by providing tools for speeding up the data capture process, and enhancing data quality across the board.

But Fulcrum always has and always will have geospatial features as a native facet of the platform. A workforce using a mobile application like Fulcrum is inherently doing work somewhere, and the focus on capturing that locational context gives organizations another insight into their operations they may never have had before. Geographic location has always been a core tenet of our design strategy and feature set. We’ve already brought “GIS”-like workflows to organizations that found us initially to convert a paper form process to digital. Now many of them are using maps as a core decision-making tool, and we see more potential for growth in geospatial data.

Geography2050 event

This week we’ll be attending the Geography2050 conference at Columbia University hosted by the American Geographical Society, a series of talks that will address the question of where the science of geography is headed in the next 35 years. A group of interesting presenters from diverse backgrounds will be talking about mapping, cartography, education, GIScience, data, and more. Here are a few of the panels happening:

  • Geography of the “Internet of Things - how a world of internet-connected devices will change our behaviors and access to knowledge.
  • The Future of Our Energy Landscape - how the acceleration of renewable energy development will change the nature of energy dependency
  • Populations, Shifting Identity, and Well Being - talking about urbanization, human geography, and shifting social pressures over the next few decades.
  • The God’s Eye View - as every living human becomes a sophisticated, location-aware sensor, ground truth can be provided to validate broad-scoped change observed from above through media like satellites and airborne sensors.

The speakers list is diverse, including people from Google, NGA, The World Bank, the State Department, HumanGeo, several universities, and Spatial Networks (with our own Tony Quartararo presenting). It promises to be a great event! Follow @Geography2050 on Twitter to check it out, or get in touch with me @colemanm.

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About the author

Coleman is a geographer and our Executive VP, working every day with our customers to bring better data management capability to their operations.

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