GIS puts a face on local development
A growing number of local governments are posting geographic information system (GIS) maps and data online to enhance economic development, provide information about the community, and to improve emergency management. A new publication from Washington-based Public Technology Institute summarizes the many ways cities and counties are using online GIS to improve services to the community. “Exploring the Synergy between GIS and Web Services,” describes how GIS data can become the “face” of economic development by illustrating demographics, land use and transportation to outsiders. It also can be used to show street closings and evacuation plans for emergencies, as well as general information about election districts, zip codes and service districts. For a copy of the publication, contact Dale Bowen at email@example.com or 202-626-2456. It is free to PTI members and $20 for nonmembers.