Geospatial technologies in the location-aware future

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Scopus citations


Arguably, there have been few shifts in the GISciences so paradigmatic as the emergence of locationally-aware mobile devices. GISc researchers in the US have witnessed these changes in just the last crop of PhD students, with topics on location-based services, the geoweb, volunteered geographic information and neogeography, somewhat eclipsing earlier, trendy topics on web-based GIS and interactive digital cartography. Indeed, there are new important players in GISc, with training in and outside of Geography, with backgrounds as diverse as the engineering/computational sciences and the digital humanities as well as critical human geographies. Mobilities researchers, qualitative GIS scholars, cyberinfrastructural scientists, and social and cultural geographers have configured research programs around the proliferation of locationally-aware devices and the 'big data' that have emerged from them. In this viewpoint, I shall outline these diverse developments and sketch what I argue are the foundational issues that comprise a research agenda with and about geospatial technologies in the location-aware future: technological development, the social life of data, and the everyday practices around mobile digital devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-299
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • GIScience
  • Location-aware future
  • Location-based services
  • Mobile devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • General Environmental Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Geospatial technologies in the location-aware future'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this