Three GIS trends that governments must embrace

As part of the Esri team that supports state government for the adoption of geographic information system (GIS) technology, we get the opportunity to work with a variety of state government agencies who are leading the way in adopting the latest trends and advancements in the field of location intelligence. There are three major trends emerging today in implementing these technologies across a variety of agencies: mobility, community engagement and machine learning, which is a subset of artificial intelligence. These trends […]

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A Vital Tool for Forest Management

Forests in the United States are under threat. Fire is changing the nation’s forest landscape, while forest health is succumbing to warmer weather patterns. Faced with challenges of such magnitude, James E. Hubbard, the deputy chief for state and private forestry for the US Forest Service (USFS), believes that GIS is the key to forest management. “Natural resource management in the United States, and particularly forest management, would not be possible today without GIS,” he said. Hubbard is responsible for […]

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Mapping the National – Building Smart Government with GIS

Across the globe, governments use GIS to move communities toward healthier, more resilient, and safer outcomes. From actions as simple as optimizing routes for field workers, to visualizing policy impacts and developing intelligent transportation systems, GIS supports governments at all levels—local, state, and national. Mapping, charting, surveying, land administration, and statistical organizations supply the foundational GIS data such as census counts and imagery that is critical to national, state, and local governments. Today, government organizations increasingly use Web GIS portals […]

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ArcGIS Earth Beta released!

ArcGIS Earth is a desktop-based viewer that enables anyone in the enterprise to rapidly open and work with 3D and 2D map data displayed on the globe. ArcGIS Earth can read Esri services and shapefiles and open standard formats (KML, KMZ). Users can display data and access popups with links and images, email and print map images, and launch the app from email or a file browser. ArcGIS Earth is fully integrated with the ArcGIS platform so you can work […]

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Web GIS: A Mission-Critical Technology for Emergency Management

For years, GIS has been an important tool for improving situational awareness, especially in emergency preparedness and response. During a crisis, having a clear, real-time understanding of the situation as it unfolds is critical for making decisions that help save lives. The challenge for decision makers has always been to acquire and analyze meaningful information so they can make timely and informed decisions. GIS – with its capacity to mash up and visualize multiple datasets in a single platform – […]

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The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World

Explore ten “big ideas” that encapsulate the technological and social trends that have pushed geographic information systems (GIS) onto the Internet in a significant way. See how to apply these ideas to your own world. Open your eyes to what is now possible with Web GIS, and put the technology and deep data resources in your hands via the Quickstarts and Learn ArcGIS lessons that are included in each chapter. 10 Ideas is mentioned in this book Maps, the Web and […]

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Big data and mapping – a potent combination

Businesses and organisations are learning the power of bringing together data and geographical context For many organisations and businesses, big data is an integral part of their information strategy, to help drive operational efficiencies and competitive advantage. In increasingly competitive markets and with heightened efficiency and cost-cutting demands on the public sector, it is vital that organisations give users the right tools to support big data in context of the 5Vs: volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value. This presents a […]

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