The first couple of criticisms I received were hard to take and difficult to comprehend. Especially when they were not a critique of a particular fact, but more on personal opinions, such as “I don’t believe in the future you envision,” or “It’s not as rosy or complicated as you envision it.” When you hear such thoughts as an early-stage professional, you can’t help but feel imposter syndrome. You wonder if you’re out of your league? Are you talking about things you should not be talking about?
There is a distinction in GIS between the people who use the tools with their knowledge and the people who develop those tools with a view on how the client will use them. I started out developing GIS products and environments for people and professionals to use. Then, I became more interested inwhy they used that data andhow they were using my tools in those ways.