The map paradigm influences where we are today in organizing location information. The introductory presentation set the scene, covering:
- a baseline knowledge about how geography and cartography have moved over into GIS and geospatial technology;
- a sketch of the current landscape regarding the use of geospatial data in the UK and Europe;
- an introduction to some of the challenges at present that are caused, not by the ‘geospatial’ aspect or computing per se, as much as by poor conceptual models, classification and data quality;
- the opportunities afforded by Linked Data and the Big Data challenge.