GIS is Collaborative

Oct 19, 2016

Your own GIS is simply your view into the larger system. It’s a two-way street. You consume information that you needfrom others, and in turn, you feed your information back into the larger ecosystem.Geography is key for integrating work across communitiesModern GIS is about participation, sharing, and collaboration. As a Web GIS user, you require helpful, ready-to-useinformation that can be put to work quickly and easily. The GIS user community fulfills that need—that’s the big idea.GIS was actually about open data long before the term gained fashion because the people who were doing it werealways looking for ways to deepen and broaden their own GIS data holdings. No one agency, team, or individual usercould possibly hope to compile all the themes and geographic extents of data required, so people networked aboutthis to get what they needed.Since the early days in GIS, people realized that to be successful they would need data from other sources beyondtheir immediate workgroups. People quickly recognized the need for data sharing. Open GIS and data sharing gainedtraction quite rapidly across the GIS community, and continue to be a critical aspect in GIS implementation.With cloud computing and the mobile/app revolution, the GIS community is expanding to include almost anyone onthe planet. The data in every GIS is being brought together virtually to create a comprehensive GIS of the world, andnearly everyone can take GIS with them everywhere they go on their tablets and smartphones. Geography and mapsenable all kinds of conversations and working relationships both inside and outside your organization.GIS is for organizationsFirst and foremost, your GIS can be used by people throughout your organization. In Web GIS, maps are purposedrivenand their intended audience may include your executives, managers, decision makers, operations staff, fieldcrews, and constituents. ArcGIS Online enables you to extend your reach to these users.GIS is for communitiesGIS users collaborate across communities. These communities may be based on relationships fostered by living in thesame geography (a city, region, state, or country) or by working in the same industry or subject matter (conservation,utilities, government, land management, agriculture, epidemiology, business, etc.). In these communities, users sharecritical data layers as well as map designs, best practices, and GIS methods.GIS is for public engagementPeople everywhere are starting to engage with GIS. They have been using maps as consumers, and now they areinterested in applying them at work and in their community relationships. Often this involves communicating with thepublic by telling stories using maps. More and more, members of the public are providing input and collecting theirown data for GIS organizations and the public good. This makes for better civic engagement at multiple levels.Source: ESRI Lebanon