The media team at GovLoop has developed a free GIS guide aimed in particular towards those working in the public sector. The Mapping Revolution: Incorporating Geographic Information Systems in Government is a freely downloadable PDF. The thirty-one page document includes information about:
- Case studies and applications of GIS in the public sector
- Lessons learned and best practices for GIS adoption
- Examples how GIS is creating an open and transparent government
- Ways GIS is powering civic engagement initiatives
- Thoughts from Esri President, Jack Dangermond
The guide contains case studies reviewing applications of GIS at the U.S. Census Bureau, Geoplatform.gov, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The various ArcGIS software and online applications are heavily represented in the guide so it’s more useful for those wanting to understand the application of GIS from a specific vendor viewpoint, i.e. what Esri has to offer. Unfortunately, no open source GIS solutions are discussed.
In addition to providing examples of GIS in use, the guide offers pointers sprinkled through the PDF for those wanting to develop GIS in their organizations with sections like Happy Hour Small Talk Bullet Points and GIS 30 Second elevator pitch to your boss or peers. There is also a side section on “Five ways to build your GIS business case”.
GovLoop bills itself as “an online community where more than 60,000 public sector professionals connect to discuss ways to improve government.” GovLoop offers other GIS resources including interviews, infographics, and industry perspectives.