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Policies and government services increasingly require matching citizen needs with government resources in contexts that are location- and time-specific. Health and human services departments, for example, have applied GIS technology in disaster preparation and response in order to deliver interactive information to the public on emergency health zones, accessibility of shelters, readiness of supplies, and tracking of evacuees in the case of an emergency.

GIS helps push forward a new wave of IT-enabled change which pursues cross-boundary transformation. As new geospatial and GIS technologies advance from localized tools to an enterprise-wide strategic resource they will support innovation broadly and deeply across government - from the governor's suite, to the cabinet level, to the city planner's office.

This event, hosted by the Government Innovators Network and the Leadership for a Networked World Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (KSG), was part of a series of collaborations which feature prominent practitioners from business and government who provide insights into topical public policy challenges. Our expert panel discussed their experience in leading GIS initiatives and answered real-time questions from the audience.



Leadership for a Networked World

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) - Designs and develops the world's leading geographic information system (GIS) technology.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Links to various GIS resources and initiatives within EPA

Oakland County, Michigan eGovernment

Overview materials

"What are GIS?" - A Stanford Business School slide presentation.

ESRI. (2002).  "Geography matters." (White paper; another good overview)

ESRI. (2002). Geospatial Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) - White paper

ESRI. (2002).  Developing and Deploying an Integrated Geoenabled SOA Business Solution: A Case Study - White paper

Trends in GIS from ESRI 

Overview from GIS Development - An introduction to basics and terminology

EPA GIS Yesterday / Today / Tomorrow (recommended sites from Molly O'Neill's presentation)

Yesterday - Successful branding of multiple EnviroMapper applications

Today - Migration to geospatial web services

  • Continued expansion of EnviroMapper suite of applications with view towards updating with commercial data services and toolkits (ESRI ArcWeb / Microsoft Virtual Earth / Google Maps)

Tomorrow - More geospatial data and application services

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