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The Transformative Power of GIS - Your GIS Cheat Sheet

In today’s world, we are surrounded by data. Data powers everything we do– the decisions we make and the services we use. Now is the time to institute a data-driven culture and mapping data to strategic mission driven decisions, like Bob Dylan said, “You better start swimming or else you’ll sink like a stone.”

The core challenge is to identify value and insights from the volumes of information we have. The data we are creating holds so much promise to transforming the public sector – from the way services are delivered to managing a changing workforce.

That’s why I am so excited to see increasing applications and uses of GIS technology. We see the beautiful maps that GIS produces, but there is so much happening behind the scenes. GIS combines all the technology that agencies are currently exploring into one, single platform. GIS is part cloud, part mobile, part big data- all driving improved decision making.

Below you’ll find a GIS cheat sheet, from our recent guide, Mapping the Revolution: Incorporating Geographic Information Systems in Government (Download PDF or read below). The cheat sheet will give you the need to know information, and help you learn about the power of GIS. The report will also explain how GIS can transform your agency. Our report also covers:

  • Case studies and applications of GIS in the public sector
  • Lessons learned and best practices for GIS adoption
  • Examples how GIS is creating an open and transparent government
  • Ways GIS is powering civic engagement initiatives
  • Thoughts from Esri President, Jack Dangermond

Enjoy the report – and if you have any questions, please reach out to me at [email protected]. Above all, keep up the transformative work you’re doing at your agencies. GovLoop and Esri have partnered to create dozens of GIS related resources, and if you’re looking for more examples of the power of GIS. Take a look at some of these great resources:

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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.

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