This report is intended to build upon The Changing Geospatial Landscape. In this document, the committee contributes its perceptions of incipient technologies that we expect will guide, define or determine the development of this industry in the near and medium term
The goal of this report is to identify key trends that will define the geospatial industry in the future. Near term trends already guide the thinking and analysis of the NGAC. Medium term trends serve to shape the committee’s research agenda. The long-term trends depend in large part on our society’s decisions regarding the quality of life we desire for our citizens, including the protection of personal privacy and the integrity of information about individuals. It also depends in part on our ability as a nation to make judicious and prudent decisions with regard to: organizing the workforce; refining agency responsibilities, requirements, and process; and, strategically prioritizing and partnering on expenditures and resources.