The same digitisation and digitalisation trends that have disrupted journalism are busy reshaping the geospatial industry. The geospatial sector may want to take heed. Information economy workers face the question: how to create value for an overwhelmed audience/user/client in an inundated information ecosystem? The answer might lie in creating insight.
There are various drivers of change in the information economy:
Crowd-sourced and open information
When I started my journalistic career in 2009, social media took its first bite into the news pie. Suddenly anyone could broadcast news, and the platforms they used (Facebook and Twitter at the time) pocketed the advertising revenue. This upended the news business model as well as the processes of gathering, publishing and consuming news.