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2019

Here are my thoughts on GIS Day.  Happy GIS Day!

 

Every Day Should Be GIS Day 

Are you wondering if drones can help your agency?  Check out this success story on how North Central Texas Emergency Communications District (NCT9-1-1) updates its maps by using drone imagery and GIS.

 

  • A fast-growing region in Texas uses satellite and drone imagery to update maps and addresses.
  • Fresh imagery helps 9-1-1 telecommunicators quickly locate emergency callers and route first responders.
  • Imagery informs addressing authorities accurately, essential to quickly reaching people in crisis.

 

Texas 9-1-1 Agency Uses Imagery to Stay Current with Booming Growth 

 

In an effort to connect with executives and increase awareness, Esri has launched a campaign called See What Others Can't.  It was formally launched at the 2019 Esri International User Conference in July.  It will continue into 2020.  Executive sponsorship is one of the largest contributions to building a successful enterprise GIS, so use this microsite as a way to communicate with your executives and help them See What Other Can't.

 

See What Others Can’t | Understand Data to Make Better Decisions - Esri 

Really interesting article that shows the value of location as a way to get more value from the ever increasing amount of data.

 

Every day, a mind-boggling 2.5 quintillion* bytes of data are created - data that should improve our ability to understand the world in which we live, yet could all too easily overwhelm and prevent us from making timely decisions. Amazingly, we’re not even at the peak yet; the volume, variety and velocity will continue to increase at a phenomenal rate. In 2018, the world created 33 zettabytes of data (one zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes); by 2025, IDC predicts this will increase to 175 zettabytes. Whilst it may seem an almost impossible task to be able to make sense of this ever-increasing tsunami of data to make timely decisions, we can. However, the answer doesn't come from just breaking down data silos, which will simply result in information silos and create different challenges, it comes from a really rather refreshingly simple source. The answer lies in the concept of location.

 

How to Break Down Information Silos and Harness Disruptive Technology 

Many local governments administered elections yesterday.  For many of them, they execute this critical function with little or no support from GIS.  It's time to change that and reach out to expand your GIS to include elections.  There's a national election coming next year in the U.S. which provides a great opportunity.

 

Check out this success story on how Orange Co., California is using GIS to support their election operations:

 

Optimizing Elections⏤GIS Improves Preparation and Execution for County 

 

And be sure to check out our free, open source, supported Elections solutions as part of our ArcGIS Solutions collection here:

 

Elections | ArcGIS Solutions for Local Government 

 

Also, here is a recent post on the NSGIC Geo-Enabled Elections Project: 

NSGIC - Geo-Enabled Elections 

 

 

Good information here for GIS Managers.  You should be paying attention to these as they present opportunities to integrate with GIS and raise the importance of GIS in your organization.

 

Gartner Identifies Top Trends for Public Sector Tech – MeriTalk 

Here are two great examples of how cities are using ArcGIS to power open data sites.

 

The first one is from Arlington, TX and allows the public to interactively explore the city's performance management dashboards to see how they are doing in relation to their key performance indicators (KPIs).

City of Arlington, TX Performance Management 

 

The second one is from Topeka, KS and allows the public to interactively explore the city's budget using ArcGIS Insights.  You can choose between the Operating Budget, Capital Budget, or Projected Budget Revenues.  Just click any of the three EXPLORE buttons.

City of Topeka Open Budget 

 

These are innovative examples of public engagement and transparency applications powered by ArcGIS.  Let them inspire you to be more innovative.