Recently GovLoop spoke with Bill Farnsworth, Idaho Geospatial Information Officer about how Idaho is unlocking its GIS data. The state’s website has used GIS data to map hundreds of miles of hiking trails. They have even mapped GIS data set up a special site to help its State Senators use GIS data effectively.
“The State of Idaho has traditionally used GIS just for GIS people. Most of the data was being exchanged by a GIS officer at one agency to a GIS person at another agency. We have started an initiative to get GIS out of the backroom and in the hands of our citizens. Data that was previously locked up in state government is now usable for all,” Bill Farnsworth, Idaho Geospatial Information Officer.
For more information on GIS, visit our GIS Resources Hub.
When Esri was founded in 1969, it realized even then that geographic information system (GIS) technology could make a difference in society. GIS helps people to solve problems at local, regional, national, and global scales. Access maps and apps at ArcGIS.com. Be sure to check out all the GIS resources produced by Esri and GovLoop.