A recent brief written by Kathleen Hickey and released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers recommends proper management and coordination of state geographic information system (GIS) technology.
The issue brief, titled ‘Where's the data? show me: maximizing the investment in state geospatial resources’ deals with the growing demand for GIS data in government decision-making.
GIS is ranked as one of the top 10 technologies by State Chief Information Officers at NASCIO's 2007 annual conference.
"GIS is continuing to grow in its use in business decision-making," said Utah Chief Information Officer Stephen Fletcher, Co-Chairman of NASCIO's Enterprise Architecture Committee.
"We need to be sure we are managing this investment as well as incorporating GIS process and knowledge assets within enterprise architecture, information architecture and program management. We are including this issue brief within our series on Enterprise Governance because this resource has become so significant for state government."
The report noted that location awareness is at an all-time high. With the Internet, high-speed wireless, sophisticated wireless devices, mobile applications and the emergence of Web 2.0 and web-based mapping tools, geospatial resources are now available even to non-technical users.
Additionally, GIS technology is being used in a range of applications including siting facilities, managing coastal facilities, 911 responses, appraising and managing air quality, mapping sex-offender registries and crime patterns and 3-D street and building modelling.
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