Penn State researchers just launched an exciting project with significant innovation potential for humanitarian organisations.
The Geospatial Revolution Project has a by-line; “The location of anything is becoming everything”. What does this mean?
The project states:
We live in the Global Location Age. “Where am I?” is being replaced by, “Where am I in relation to everything else?”
Penn State Public Broadcasting is developing the Geospatial Revolution Project, an integrated public service media and outreach initiative on the brave new world of digital mapping.
The project will include a 60- to 90-minute public television broadcast program, a structured outreach initiative
with educational partners, a chaptered program DVD including educational toolkit components, and a Web site with information and additional resources.
They include a lovely 5 minute video which is an excellent overview of how geospatial tools are changing the way everything is made, tracked, and interacted with.
Imagine if the UNDP could track every single tent it shipped. Imagine if conditions for IDP provision rested on users wearing a trackable necklace at all times, with a unique ID and personal history. Imagine if aid organisations themselves were monitored in such a fashion. How would this change everything?