Is there an academic paper or conference contribution, where someone estimated how many GIS projects actually deal with only a very basic usage of GIS data? Something equivalent to the infamous "80% of all data is spatial" quote. such as
"X% of all use-cases of GIS data are concerned with plotting simple point data on maps"
There was a short rant about this question in one of the weekly podcasts from Directions magazine, but I don't remember which podcast, and it was only a qualitative statement. If I remember correctly, someone said "here we are in 2012 and most of us in the GIS community are still mainly putting data on a map.'
I am interested in getting a quantitative answer to this. If this is possible. The answer does not have to be academic. A back-of-the-envelope calculation will do as well.
Edit (w.r.t. comment): I don't intend to trivialize typical GIS programming tasks here, but I cannot really draw a line where "serious" work starts. I 'd like to emphasize that putting even just a single point on a map accurately can indeed be quite complex. (Understand coordinates and determine coordinates of a location, choose a map projection, perform a coordinate transform, then add many more points on map when first is right, classify etc). But most projects even don't work with "line" data type, or let alone polygon data types.
That is not just typical for the GIS community. There are equivalent studies from the relational-database community. Market researchers have found out that surprisingly high number of database-backed applications contain only a single table.