Sunday, September 13, 2009

GeoEnabling Gov 2.0

Known as the godfather of GIS, Jack Dangermond, founder and president of mapping giant ESRI, gave a presentation at the Gov 2.0 Summit on geospatially enabling information. "Geospatial information is pervasive in the public sector," he said. "It has improved planning, management, decision-making and the tracking of assets."

Maps and GIS are changing. They’re becoming richer, smarter, and more pervasive. There are new styles, patterns, and techniques. The new media environment of social networks, such as Twitter and blogs, will be georeferenced together with real-time data. This will be combined with our traditional data, resulting in Web 2.0-style mashups that create a new set of services.

Geographic knowledge will become pervasive in society. This “GeoWeb” offers many opportunities for government to be creative with this new media environment: creative cartography and spreading geographic knowledge everywhere.

According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's Federal Enterprise Architecture framework, 74 percent of government data is location based. At the state and local level, the number is even higher: 80 percent, according to several organizations and publications.

Watch as Dangermond demonstrates how quick and easy government workers and ordinary citizens can blend geospatial data from federal, state and local government databases to create analytically powerful maps. The future is here now, and it is being distributed.



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