My name is Joshua Campbell and I am currently a Geographer and GIS Architect at the Humanitarian Information Unit, a division of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues at the U.S. Department of State. I am also completing a PhD in Geography from the University of Kansas. The core concept for this blog is explained below, but in short it is simply a place where I can post on projects that may be of interest to the broader community. You can also find me on Twitter @disruptivegeo and on linkedin. Disclaimer: All views expressed here are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of State or the United States Government.
Disruptive Geo is focused on exploring the disruptive aspects of geographic data, spatial analysis, and geography. The driving goal is to illuminate how harnessing the power of geography can fuel innovations, specifically disruptive innovation. The convergence of geography, GIS, Remote Sensing, mobile technology, open source software, web 2.0, and ubiquitous communication networks has created several new opportunities to expand the power of geographic analysis to new knowledge domains and to populations that could previously not afford it. The application of this new toolkit (termed GIS 2.0) has the potential to “disrupt” existing business models by enabling new ways of collecting, analyzing, displaying, and sharing information. As the significant issues in the world continue to increase in complexity, inter-disciplinary coordination is required to address them. Geography and GIS provide the analytical framework for this coordination by integrating disparate thematic ‘stove pipes’ of information, and supplying a common set of analytical tools. GIS started a revolution forty years ago, GIS 2.0 offers a way forward that expands and democratizes the power of geographic analysis.
Thematic topics will span from humanitarian disasters, sustainable development, environmental modeling, open source software, GIS, and spatial data infrastructures.