Today marks the 19th annual GIS Day, dedicated to fostering world-wide conversations around geographic information system (GIS) technology and its applications that are empowering communities around the globe. GIS Day is not just a day to celebrate unbelievably cool maps, GIS day brings government agencies, schools, non-profits and GIS professionals together to further GIS knowledge in their communities, and create understanding about the world we live in.
In today’s connected tech world, GIS is more important than ever. With the rapid advancement of technology and the growing popularity of cloud computing, GIS software now provides greater benefits and cost less.
So, what is GIS? GIS is a computer system built to capture, analyze, manage and display a variety of spatial or geographical data. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map is worth a thousand lines of data.
When it comes to local government, chances are that no matter what role you play, the data you deal with daily can be tied to a location. If you have a vision to solve a problem that your community faces today, leveraging GIS may help you push initiatives within your jurisdiction in a variety of ways.
Leveraging GIS data can empower your community to make smarter, data-driven decisions when trying to solve problems.
Through GovSense’s GIS component, jurisdictions are able to take spatial data and leverage it toward planning and budgeting or economic development initiatives.
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Check out some of our favorite maps in honor of GIS day (photos courtesy of Esri and xyHt).