Talk:Maryland lidar availability
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I spent some time researching whether this was sufficiently encyclopedic and otherwise in keeping with Wikipedia's guidelines. Specifically:
- I checked Wikipedia thoroughly, and did not find any existing page that sufficiently covered the topic or was even close enough;
- I checked sister Wiki's as well; same result.
- I checked the Open Directory Project; nothing appropriate there either.
- I did general searching online for a website or other online source; this was most surprisingly negative, given the growing acceptance of the technology as well as growth in related research and industry.
I agree that a better introduction needs to be given, and will do that soon (unless someone else does it first); any suggestions?
The overall purpose of this and following yet-to-be-created pages is to allow a reader to smoothly transition from the (existing) discussions of LiDAR, to how it's being used (existing in part currently, via pages like LIDAR_Contour_Mapping, which has been online for 2+ years), to where it's being used and is available, working internationally (such as countries that are completely LiDAR mapped), down to countries, and then within countries, to regions such as counties. This example of a "county" level page is part of the bottom-up strategy for creating new content; next will be all states in the US, then all countries, and then more of a top-down approach.
The main reason for setting this up within Wikipedia (rather than as an independent wiki) is that key questions for many providers and end users of this relatively new technology are "where's the data?" and "who's using it in what ways?". The collective ability of wikipedians to answer these questions is powerful, since many datasets exist in this arena that only a (relatively) few people know about. This is not research, either; it seems very 'encyclopedic' to me given that one of the [definitions] and purposes of an encyclopedia is to collect knowledge disseminated around the globe.
I'm of course open to any suggestions for ways to make this more useful, verifiable, etc.
In terms of notability, within the US, discussions about LiDAR (and it's availability) tend to be found most readily in either (1) government publications, such as those discussing the National Elevation Dataset or related efforts at NOAA or USDA, one example of which is the 2007 publication of the First National LiDAR Initiative Meeting  or (2) industry publications such as those covering GIS and remote sensing, including Directions Magazine, Spatial News, GeoSpatial Solutions, GeoWorld, GPS World,GIS Vision, GIS Monitor, URISA Journal, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, GITA, and Point of Beginning.