GIS in the Cloud
The rise of cloud computing just might be the most important thing happening in information technology today. While not everything will move into the cloud, it's fair to say that nearly every organization will use this new approach in some way. Given this reality, cloud computing has the potential to change many aspects of the world. For users of geographic information system (GIS) technology, the cloud opens a number of new possibilities. But what are those possibilities, and why might they be better than what they are doing now? In fact, why should the care about cloud computing at all? The goal of this paper is to answer these questions.