The Geospatial Revolution

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's Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact. The mission of the project is to expand public knowledge about the history, applications, related privacy and legal issues, and the potential future of location-based technologies.

The project features a web-based serial release of video episodes, links to resources, and downloadable K-16 educational materials.

Geospatial Revolution / Episode One

This first episode covers what is involved in the geospatial revolution, the origins of mapping and geospatial technology, and a look at the use of crisis mapping in Haitian earthquake relief efforts.


Geospatial Revolution / Episode Two

The second episode looks at how local governments and business use geospatial technology to deliver services and run efficiently, keeping a continuing eye on future developments and applications.


Geospatial Revolution / Episode Three

The third episode explores geospatial technology in the world of security: how new technologies help to broker peace, wage war, and fight crime but can also compromise personal privacy.


Geospatial Revolution / Episode Four

The fourth and final episode explores geospatial technology around the world: monitoring global climate change, preventing famine, tracking disease and mapping communities never before seen on a map.