Just about everything my colleagues and I write in this blog has to do with why ‘where’ matters. And now Dr Bob Ryerson and Dr Stan Aronoff have authored a book with this same title, focused on helping anyone who seeks to become successful with using geospatial information and tools in today’s economy. After building a strong case for what they define as the “geo-economy”, the authors explain what the geotechnologies are, what geospatial knowledge is, and trends that these technologies are taking. But even more important in my view is that they focus on why all of this is important, with a clear aim to enable the reader to take advantage of geotechnologies in his or her career and in society. In fact, their goal, as they put it, is for the reader not to have to rely on “geo-luck” but rather to empower the reader to have the “geo-advantage.”
As societies, economies, and geospatial technologies continue to rapidly evolve, a resource that helps students, faculty, and others gain key knowledge about this field but also the proper perspective on the broader issues is both welcomed and needed. The book can also be used as an effective introductory GIS text and as essential reading for any student who will use geotechnologies on the job because while it provides an excellent overview, it also explains the relevance of key tools and the knowledge and skills necessary to use those tools.
On a personal note, the very first GIS textbook I ever used in graduate school was Dr Aronoff’s GIS: A Management Perspective. I have long had respect for him and for Dr Ryerson and I encourage you to investigate their new book. How have you used the book? Your reflections are encouraged here.