I often write about the benefits of GIS and the value users can derive from leveraging geoportals and other similar initiatives. However, sometimes I find myself wondering why these efforts are underappreciated. Is it a question of marketing? Is it the platform? The language?
How can technology prepare cities for the challenges of the future?
While it is true that GIS is indeed a powerful tool for decision making, exactly how does one transform the world with GIS?
Twitter has proved to be a popular crisis communication tool for government agencies and a platform to engage citizens in meaningful conversations about issues that matter most to them. However, as Government agencies ‘tweet’, do they get a replies, or re-tweets? Are their tweets favourited? Or do their messages drown in a sea of boring tweets?
What can governments do to ensure they can supply talent on demand? Is there really a shortage or does the talent pool simply lack the experience the industry needs?
E-inclusion or digital inclusion aims to ensure that no one is left behind in enjoying the benefits of ICT. With today’s fast pace of technological innovation, how can governments make sure that their efforts are really bridging the digital gap and not further widening the disparity?
Astrid S Tuminez, Regional Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs in Southeast Asia, Microsoft, gives her take on why women entrepreneurs are the ‘undertapped’ lever in driving economic growth. Report: Clarice Africa
"Over the last ten years, open source has become unremarkable. I think that's a great achievement. We no longer argue about whether it's secure or not, or whether it's safe to use. We focus now on how best to use open source to get the best value for every tax dollar," said Gunnar Hellekson, Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat's US Public Sector Group.
Mark Bohannon of Red Hat says, "I frequently hear government CIOs fixing problems in just a few days, or even hours, using open source software-fixes that would have taken weeks or months with proprietary or custom built software. With open source software, public agencies are able to achieve their goal of maximising taxpayer investment, especially in their IT infrastructure."
Esri Feature Interviews
Government Analytics, Government Cloud, Government GIS Location analytics, not just for the GIS team Francisco Urbina, National Manager for Alliances and Partners at Esri Australia, demystifies location analytics and shares why it's attracting non-traditional users of GIS.
Government GIS Location analytics completes Business Intelligence puzzle These days, organisations employ a number of different data analytic tools for insight to drive decision making. The insights are harvested as statistical reports that are used to generate summarised tabular data projected in graphs and charts.
Government GIS Making cities more liveable with GIS Merlina Panganiban, Head of the Urban Development Department at the City Government of Makati, the Philippines, shares why GIS is helping them shape the central business district's future and liveability.
Government GIS, Open Government Web GIS Spurs Open Culture Towards Government Data For the past years, GIS has been helping government decision makers all over the world address issues that keep them awake at night.
E-Government, Government Data Management, Government GIS Designing a liveable Singapore with GIS Peter Quek, Group Director of the Information Systems & Geospatial Group, at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), shares how they are using GIS to plan for a sustainable future for Singapore.
Government GIS Malaysian State sets new benchmark for property registration The Registering Property indicator, one of the 11 indicators of the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business report, takes into consideration the number of procedures, time, and cost involved in registering property and other land instruments.
E-Government, Government Data Management, Government GIS, Information Management, Open Government Indonesia's one map journey Asep Karsidi, Chairman of the Indonesia's Geospatial Information Agency (In Bahasa Indonesia: Badan Informasi Geospatial or BIG), updates FutureGov on the progress of its One Map journey, and shares his vision for a spatially enabled country.
The timing of FutureGov's recent high-level briefing on land administration systems in Hanoi, could not have been more perfect, as a few days before the event, the Prime Minister had given his approval to establish a National Land Database marking a turning point in Vietnam's socio-economic transformation.
Kicking off the annual Esri Asia Pacific User Conference, Vincent Hoong, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Land Authority, (SLA) shared the importance of leveraging Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) in achieving their vision of becoming geospatially enabled.
APAC public sector recognised at Esri SAG Awards The achievements and the innovative use of GIS by public sector organisations in the Asia Pacific were recognised during the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards ceremony yesterday at the annual Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California.
Delegates of the tenth annual FutureGov Summit held in Phuket, Thailand have heard and witnessed how GIS can be used in the areas of transparency, citizen engagement, and human services during the Interactive Discussion Tables (IDT) lead by Richard Leadbeater, Global Manager for Government Industry, Administration and Statistical Agencies and Angelica Baltazar, Industry Specialist for Health and Human Services at Esri.
FutureGov Asia Pacific
After more than a year since a devastating 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on 22 february 2012 — causing substantial damage to key public infrastructures — the New Zealand government is swiftly moving to rebuild the city to its former glory. Jeremy Gulson, Gis lead at the stronger Christchurch infrastructure rebuild team, shares how they are using Gis to support their efforts in planning for the future. report: Clarice africa.
In 2011, the Global Peace Index ranked Malaysia as the most peaceful country in Southeast Asia and the fourth safest in the Asia Pacific region. Even with those accolades, Malaysia is not one to rest on its laurels as it ramps up its efforts further towards building safer neighbourhoods in the country. Report: Clarice Africa.
Giacomo De’ Liguori Project Manager of the eye on earth Network at the european environment agency, gives gives his take on why sharing environmental data and information is crucial for sustainable development and the steps europe is taking to lead a global effort for environmental consciousness. Report by clarice africa.
Scott deacon, manager for Security Certifications at BlackBerry Security asia Pacific gives his perspectives on the importance of Security Certifications and on how it can give decision makers “peace of mind”. report by Clarice africa.
Linda Papa, the Deputy Administrator of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, gives her take on how the Philippines is streamlining its efforts to put an entire nation on one map. Report: Clarice Africa.
Jane lu, BlackBerry Security director gives her take on how organisations can respond to changing technological innovations and what BlackBerry can do for government agencies to be more mobile. Clarice africa reports.