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Wednesday, October 19 • 8:45am - 9:15am
Technical Session. GIS empowers Policy Makers to analyze, inform and engage

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AUTHORS: Pat Cummens, Esri

ABSTRACT: GIS was once the best kept secret in government, but forces like the iniquitousness of the web, easy to use applications, mobile devices, abundance of data and higher expectations have combined to changed that.  Policy makers have discovered the power of GIS to inform policy making and better communicate with constituents. Government leaders now realize that GIS can transform big data and can visualize it and make it easier to understand.  Which can then drive evidence based decision making and help evaluate policy impacts by geography.  In the U.S., both the White House and Congress now use GIS to shed light on the nation’s most pressing challenges.  Issues like spending, labor, healthcare, energy, environment, and border security all have geographic components and affect citizens everywhere, maps help communicate these issues in an interactive way. More and more, maps provide the bridge connecting policy makers with the public, and open data efforts are fueling the creation of more impactful maps than ever before.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 8:45am - 9:15am EDT
  Technical Session, Grab Bag

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