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What are the most annoying facts about our industry/market?

What makes you angry? Is there anything that you can't stand it?

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People who think GIS is google maps. –  CaptDragon Apr 13 '11 at 17:53

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Polygons are not true 2-D topology, they are just closed lines with a defined "in" and "out". Surface topology requires 2-D primitives, just like vertices and line segments which are sufficient for any 0- or 1-D topology.

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1) With the amount of efforts goes into data gathering,digitizing and data conversion to make final web application are really huge and seeing your effort are coming to nothing.This happen mainly in government etc organization where you deliver a GIS application and nobody uses it or nobody is there using it.

2) With huge amount of IT development going in this part of world and nobody is aware of GIS field and GIS engineer or GIS Developer are consider as alien.

3) GIS for me is something that makes decision making easier and make life easier compared to paper map and not some fancy site of map.

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Company/customer was much interested and willing about using Open source GIS software(as they say). Actually what they want to do is 90% digitization and can be done with QGIS. After installing QGIS and required plugins. They will say- "We must buy ArcGIS for atleast 1 year license" and rememeber this is during data collection period which will last for 2 years for the project.

Ok. they have a reason after 5 mins looking at QGIS: "Menu are different in QGIS than that of ArcGIS."

Now you can't say it loud then but I think "Congratulations! for inventing world's thinnest argument"

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For-profit companies and industries that rely on free sources and do not contribute to the sites that serve up the data. Talk about short sighted. In the same vain private companies and for profit people that complain about free stuff and do not contribute. So much of the GIS profit generated relies on the goodwill of a few (natural earth for example) people yet for profit employees complain, do not contribute labor or funds, and then are upset if a resource they make a profit off goes away.

For profit industry in GIS sits on top of the free labor of far too many. Contribute!

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The Industries can't handle (yet) with GeoSpatial Big Data.

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I got into GIS because of love geography and problem solving... What have I learned since I started? Become a programmer to climb the ladder. I would have earned my degree in Computer Sciences if I wanted to be a programmer.

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Census.gov TIGER files and usps.gov ZIP+4 files that only specify address ranges instead of individual addresses. It's time to catch up to Zillow/Google Streetview/county parcel files/et al. (I realize the .gov entities claim US Title wording imposes privacy restrictions, but information that can be gleaned by walking down a street isn't actually private.)

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Title 13 forbids the Census Bureau from disclosing address information whether it can be gleaned by walking down the street or not. At least, that's the current interpretation of it. –  Sean Apr 20 '11 at 19:24

People are taking an advantage to use GIS to gain jobs? Can they be for the GIS people with degrees in Geographers and Cartographers ??

Once we train them they take an adavnatage of your skills and your expereinces, they move on to other GIS positions.

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I don't really understand where you are going with this. –  Nathan W Mar 17 '12 at 12:36

This answer is from someone with a technical background (engineering/software) who's new to GIS:

Why are there so many projection standards? I would have killed myself if it weren't for spatialreference.org.

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The huge number of projection systems are due to the complexity of the root subject, namely geodesy. The idea here is to transform an irregular 3d surface into a 2d surface using mathematical transformation equation, knowing you can not do it 100% correct. There are 3 mutually exclusive properties of such transformations, the shape, the size and the distance. You can only satisfy one of them at the expense of the other two. More over it's accuracy depends on many other factors, like the area of coverage, your area of application and others. –  thelastray May 20 '12 at 10:56

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