November 1, 2011 Sponsored by Esri
New Tools Help Government Engage the Public with Dynamic, Easy-to-Use Maps
Government agencies are seeking greater transparency, openness, and citizen engagement. GIS is supporting these key trends in government today and giving public-sector agencies the ability to share data in a fast, cost-effective manner. Esri is pushing these trends even further with ArcGIS Online— a cloud-based framework that anyone can leverage to create, share, and organize maps and applications. Through thisframework, the public, decision makers, and government staff can not only view GIS data online but also work with data-rich maps to produce useful information.
These new tools provide a tremendous opportunity for government agencies to extend their GIS capabilities and make data and maps available to people who didn’t have the opportunity to access them before. Traditionally it took specialized skills and applications to work with these kinds of maps. A lot of knowledge and data was locked up for the use of GIS professionals alone. Esri is changing that.
This new GIS platform is enriched with a series of basemaps, data models, and application templates tailored to meet local government needs and designed to further ensure the success of GIS implementations. The growing list of configurable applications supports a wide range of disciplines spanning land management, public safety, public works, health, urban planning, and citizen engagement.