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U.S.: How Modern Technology Is Changing Public-Sector GIS
Source: govtech.com
Source Date: Monday, August 18, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: United States
Created: Aug 19, 2014

The ubiquity of online data means that more and more public-sector workers are expecting to be able to access it on mobile devices. GIS data is no exception, as evidenced by the proliferation of online geoportals and tools with location data. The technology's changing how government employees work in the field.

"I work in the stormwater industry, and we've seen a lot of changes going from working in the office to going in the field," said Elizabeth Young, the stormwater GIS manager of Fort Worth, Texas.

In Young's department, online maps and applications have made reporting easier for government employees in at least one case. Utility employees in Fort Worth’s department used to enter their time, business costs and locations by filling out paper cards, but now the process is done online. "We've taken that all digital; taken it out to the field,” she said. “It's gone from being done by the supervisors to actually being done by our crews in the field, so we've taken that task off our crew leads.”

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