If the key to government 2.0 is using government information as a platform for public discourse, then geospatial technologies are one of the killer apps, ESRI's predident told the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington.
A system developed at San Diego State University makes detailed geographic information about wildfire conditions available in near-real time via satellite links to firefighters in the field.
The tool used by specialists for purposes such as detecting abnormalities in medical images or looking for signs of climate change now has a set of predefined workflows, called Spear, in a graphical user interface.
Efforts toward greater transparency, such as the reporting requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, have spurred many agencies to look at visualization techniques they can use to show how money is being spent. A new crop of visualization tools can make the job easier.
The Air Force has certified Savi Technology's radio frequency identification asset tracking and security devices for use aboard all sizes and classifications of fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft that transport supplies for the Defense Department.
New Hampshire city uses Capturx pen for data collection, GIS tasks.
GIS applications and data are increasingly being linked thanks to informal information-sharing efforts at local and state agencies and more formal, federally funded programs.
Cumberland County, N.C. establishes self-service map-based info-center.
Lawmakers take the Obama administration to task for paying insufficient heed to the need to develop a coordinated federal policy for geospatial information.
FusionX combines ESRI's ArcGIS software with an array of Microsoft applications.
Science on a Sphere is a multimedia 3-D projection system for displaying Earth science data on a globe, created by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
There are about 35 spheres installed worldwide, with more expected by the end of the year.
FusionX, developed with input from several agencies, combines ArcGIS data and SharePoint and other applications to integrate fusion center operations.
The Census Bureau will use Windows Mobile on 140,000 handheld PDAs to collect data for the 2010 census.
The concept of a national GIS has been floating around in various forms for perhaps 15 years, and technology has now advanced to the point where a national GIS is possible. But a few significant hurdles remain.