Making Better Decisions With Geospatial Data

10-13-2014 02:26 PM
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There is a geospatial component to every decision that must be made, from the day-to-day management of our personal lives to the bigger national and international issues.  Governments often find themselves stymied, tasked with coordinating massive immediate responses to events without having access to the most pertinent information.  This is changing with the advances in GIS.  National Mapping Organizations are now able to update large quantities of data quickly and disseminate it to first responders and policy makers.  GIS provides information to those that need it when they need it, whether they are at their desks or in the field, leading to more informed decision-making in the public sector.

In the following interview, Esri's Mark Cygan speaks with Kelly Ng of FutureGov on how GIS provides a foundation for evidence-based decision making:

Esri: How can geospatial data support better decision making in government?

Let us know - what is your experience with GIS in government?  Has it made an impact on how decisions are reached and responses coordinated? Where do you think quick access to geospatial information by those in government would make the biggest difference?

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Hello Kathleen !

Thanks for sending me valuable sources now a days i am little unfit to do multitasking as my wisdom teeth is erupting and its really painful and doctor has suggested me for surgery on 30th of October, till then I may be little inactive for the activities involving Geo-design change your world apology for that today i watched four to five videos on the first one was really motivational in which curriculum in secondary education techniques have been en-lighten.

I have worked with Government on Illegal small towns, and marked them on satellite imagery that was short project and i don't know what impact that illegal town made on Government future decision making, But one think i learnt that by marking such town in far away rural areas we can decide that where we need health and education facilities, crime rate analysis can also be performed and small houses schemes can also be built for such poor people like 2 to 3-marlas.


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Syed, thank you for reading and I hope you are feeling better!  Thanks for sharing about the project you worked on.  All information is good information - even if mapping the illegal towns did not make an immediate impact on decisions in government, hopefully having better information on hand will lead to more enlightened policy-making in the future.