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Can Geodesign connect long term planning to short term electoral cycles?

Governments are obsessed with their own mortality, and view the world through the prism of how long they have in office. This ranges from six years in the Philippines, five years in most countries, down to as little as three years in Australia. How do governments tackle long term challenges, when all they can hear is the steady tick-tock countdown to the next election?

City of Port Adelaide, Australia, takes citizens down memory lane with interactive map

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City of Naga, Philippines, has dedicated team to respond to Facebook comments

Naga City in the Philippines employs a team of officials ...

6 August 2014 | Interview

How do you get agencies sharing data during a crisis? How Manila, Philippines, changed processes to enable better analytics

It is difficult at the best of times to get agencies to share data, but when a natural disaster hits, this need becomes vital. The Philippines has found new ways to get officials to share data and enable Big Data analytics to be used during response efforts

31 July 2014 | Interview

How the Indonesian government is fighting forest fires & haze

A new online fire monitoring GIS platform that pulls together all relevant information - such as hotspots, wind direction, land shape and features, as well as forestry licenses - was launched last week. It has shown to cut response time by 80%.

30 July 2014 | News

Singapore government partners students to use mapping technology on urban challenges

For the first time, students taking part in the Singapore government’s annual geospatial challenge worked with town leaders to solve problems such as improving mobility for the disabled, promoting healthy lifestyle among residents, and encouraging community bonding.

29 July 2014 | Interview

How the US government is using GIS to battle forest fires

During the past decade, wildfires in the western United States have become a significantly growing concern.

Kent Connoughton, US Forest Service regional forester, is in charge of 17 forests and the large grassland located in the Pacific Northwest—Region 6. A Fellow of the Society of American Foresters, he is responsible for federal protection of forests from fire, bugs, and disease.

Connoughton’s staff uses geographic information system technology from Esri, the world leader in GIS technology, to measure forest conditions and look for patterns and relationships in forest health. The regional forester brings these maps to D.C. to build dialog about forest planning, policy, and legislation.

23 July 2014 | Interview

Thailand’s water authority to join up all data across three provinces

The Thai water authority plans to consolidate all location-based data across its departments into a central system within the next five years, the Metropolitan Water Authority has told FutureGov.

22 July 2014 | Interview

What does the big red button do? See the tech used by Thailand’s electricity authority

The Thai electricity authority will be able to better track its entire operation across Bangkok and two neighbouring provinces by the end of this year thanks to a new location-based management system, its senior official has told FutureGov.

22 July 2014 | Interview

Japan brings data from businesses, government & citizens together into one interactive site

The City of Kitakyushu in Japan has created an information portal that brings together location-based data from across local businesses, citizens and government.

16 July 2014 | Interview

Bangkok residents to pay electricity bills via mobile by end of 2014

Residents and businesses in Bangkok and two neighbouring provinces will be able to pay their bills via their mobile phones by the end of this year, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority told FutureGov today.

16 July 2014 | News

Singapore Government showcases 3D urban mapping on newest commercial district

The Singapore government is using a smart 3D mapping tool to run large scale simulations to guide the planning, design and development of its newest commercial area, the Urban Redevelopment Authority told a gathering of 15,000 geospatial professionals yesterday.

15 July 2014 | News

GIS is more important than ever to solve today’s world challenges - Esri President

Geographic information provides context and a framework to help solve the world’s most serious challenges, Jack Dangermond, President, Esri said this morning at a gathering of over 16,000 government and industry leaders from over 130 countries.

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