The Geospatial Revolution

We live in the Global Location Age. “Where am I?” is being replaced by, “Where am I in relation to everything else?” The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.
Mission

The mission of the Geospatial Revolution Project is to expand public knowledge about the history, applications, related privacy and legal issues, and the potential future of location-based technologies.

Geospatial information influences nearly everything. Seamless layers of satellites, surveillance, and location-based technologies create a worldwide geographic knowledge base vital to solving myriad social and environmental problems in the interconnected global community. We count on these technologies to:

  • fight climate change
  • map populations across continents, countries, and communities
  • track disease
  • strengthen bonds between cultures
  • assist first responders in protecting safety
  • enable democracy
  • navigate our personal lives

Geospatial Revolution / Episode One: The first episode covers what is involved in the geospatial revolution, the origins of mapping and geospatial technology, and a look at the use of crisis mapping in Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode One from Penn State Public Broadcasting on Vimeo.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode Two: This episode looks at how local governments and business use geospatial technology to deliver services and run efficiently, keeping a continuing eye on future developments and applications.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode Two from Penn State Public Broadcasting on Vimeo.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode Three: The third episode explores geospatial technology in the world of security: how new technologies help to broker peace, wage war, and fight crime but can also compromise personal privacy.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode Three from Penn State Public Broadcasting on Vimeo.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode Four: The fourth and final episode explores geospatial technology around the world: monitoring global climate change, preventing famine, tracking disease and mapping communities never before seen on a map.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode Four from Penn State Public Broadcasting on Vimeo.