Jonathan Thompson, head of East View Geospatial in Minneapolis, discussed the wide array of service and products his company provides: Customized maps, charts and geospatial data from global sources in all categories: topographic, 3D, GIS, vector, nautical, aeronautical, geological, scientific, and imagery. His college background in linguistics led him into “linguistic geography”, the mapping of different languages across the surface of the earth. From there he got into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and thereby into his current work.
Mr. Thompson provided detail on some of his company’s services, their worldwide clients, their cooperation with countries like China and Russia in gathering and providing geospatial data, and future endeavors in the wide range of data modern satellites provide. To those of us who are still aliens in the digital world, he left us with this reassurance: There will always be paper maps.