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Comprehensive Guide to Integrating GIS Into Local Government Released

CRCpress has just released a new GIS book “Strategic GIS Planning and Management in Local Government”. The latest release of GIS professional David Holdstock, this book draws on his twenty-five years of experience in the GIS industry and offers a comprehensive vision of GIS integration in local governments. David is the chief executive officer of Geographic Technologies Incorporated, was GIS manager for one of the world’s leading transportation engineering companies in New York, and   has held a position as GIS director for a research institute at North Carolina State University. He has written many articles and delivered hundreds of workshops, seminars, and discussions on the topic.

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This breadth of knowledge is apparent in the depth and breadth of book. Steve Hill, from the City of Dayton, Ohio, had the following to say about it; “Throughout the pages of Strategic GIS Planning and Management in Local Government, Holdstock emphasizes the value of strategic planning and offers a straightforward and systematic methodology. He delivers an ‘A to Z’ manual of sorts, with insider knowledge and a distinctive understanding of the principles required for GIS planning, designing, implementing and sustaining. This book is a worthy read for every GIS professional, no matter the current state of his or her particular GIS or their level of experience.”

It includes topics as diverse as business plans, GIS strategic Planning Components, Case Studies from local governments around the United States, GIS governance models, a timeline of GIS development, and how to sell the importance of GIS to local government.

It offers a formula for evaluating, benchmarking and implementing enterprise GIS, as well as explaining the challenges, barriers, and pitfalls of GIS implementation.


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It discusses strategies for developing a GIS vision, and the importance of GIS governance models in local government. It gives a thoughtful approach to quantifying and qualifying the benefits of GIS technology that is useful for knowledge transfer, while also showcasing a practical and understandable of managing and succeeding with GIS systems. It also includes a step-by-step guide to building business cases for GIS in local government, including case studies from across the United States.

Strategic GIS Planning and Management in Local Government
by David A. Holdstock
CRC Press (September 28, 2016), 280 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-1466556508 ~ ISBN-10: 1466556501

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