GeoWeb and the “Internet of Things”
In a recent trip to China, I discovered something of the direction of the national policy of that country towards the development of the Internet. In a speech in Wuxi, the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao spoke of the drive to build the “internet of things” and provided the interesting equation:
Internet + Internet of Things = Wisdom of the Earth
The parallels between this statement of policy and the GeoWeb are striking. The GeoWeb has been viewed from a vareity of perspectives, a few of these are:
- As the integration of all business processes that deal with the physical world, i.e. that deal with our understanding of, and action in/on, the physical world.
- As a Web of interconnected documents that describe the physical world.
- As a Web of systems by which we control and manage our actions and interact with the physical world.
- As a planetary accounting system that helps us all understand the “state of things” at the local, regional, and global level – whether that be the state of arctic polar bear habitat, or that of crowding in the city of Mumbai.
- As a sort of Digital Nervous System for the planet that alerts us to changes in the state of our world.