What are our geo-analysis fundamentals?
Fundamentals should be conceptually simple, so that one can learn them and understand them quickly and easily. Lately, three basic fundamentals of geo-analysis have been ringing in my head and I think anyone who works in “spatial” should really understand them. Here they are, in no particular order:
- “Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things.” – Tobler. Rule #1.
- The world is round. Distortions shouldn’t surprise anyone, especially people who work in spatial (apparently, they routinely do).
- Scale matters. Depending on your selected analysis region your results could differ. Choose wisely.
If geo-analysis is your area of expertise, you should be able to discuss all three topics with some intelligence. I know there are many more fundamentals that build the foundation of geo-analysis, but these are the three that have been thinking off lately. Do you have any other geo-analysis fundamentals that you think are crucial to know? If so, leave a comment.