We live in fascinating times. Today, technology is moving at an incredible rate and innovations are entering the marketplace at blazing speeds. It’s an exciting era: we are living in a time when we are being freed from our intellectual limitations. Computers, robotics and dozens of emerging technologies are transforming our work and life, by processing data, automating tasks and providing us insights we never would have seen before, to inform our decision making.
One of the technologies that is deeply impacting the public sector decision making process and leveraging data in new ways is geographic information systems (GIS).
Geography is a science that helps us to better understand our world, both the content and the context. With GIS, government organizations at all levels can bring together all their data to analyze and visualize information. With this new understanding, government is starting to tackle large-scale challenges facing society. With GIS, organizations are combating issues like pollution, climate change, poverty and improving health outcomes – all giving individuals better access to information.
In each of these sectors and beyond, public and private leaders are able to collect and analyze large amounts of data and produce relevant, actionable information—integrating data, analysis, and action. GIS has produced novel solutions that have greatly improved our ability to better our communities. The field is constantly evolving, and considering its wide relevance, it’s important to stay up-to-date with how you can use GIS to do your job better.
Esri’s annual Federal GIS Conference can help you do just that. The conference takes place February 14-15, 2017 in Washington, D.C., and this year’s theme is GIS: Improving Our Nation. The two-day conference is an opportunity to network with more than 4,000 GIS professionals and most importantly, learn first hand how government organizations can use GIS to generate inventive and successful solutions for perplexing problems.
Attendees can also participate in over 100 professional development workshops and immersion summits on a variety of issues that government employees face every day, such as tactical intelligence, situational awareness, and policy-making.
There will also be a hands-on learning lab where attendees can work with the latest ArcGIS software. In addition, attendees gain access to innovative solutions, partners, and other government agencies at exhibits in the GIS Solutions EXPO and Showcase. Last, but not least, registration is complimentary for federal employees.
The Federal GIS Conference is an amazing opportunity to learn how you can do even more with the technology available. So don’t miss out – register here and attend the conference to understand the full implication of the ways that GIS can help the public sector today.