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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?

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San Mateo County, US, uses sensors & integrated traffic system to improve commute

A US county improved traffic congestion and ease of parking ...

Connected Government

Data sharing tips from Colorado Chief Data Officer Dianna Anderson

Colorado was the first state in the US to create ...

15 August 2014 | Interview

New US government digital team picks open source because it is ‘easier to use’

Open source software is easier to use than proprietary software, 18F - the US Government’s digital services team, has told FutureGov.

4 August 2014 | News

The six greatest games built by government

From Singapore to Australia, public sector agencies are building computer games to spread messages and even change behaviour. Here are the 6 best examples of gamification in government.

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.

17 July 2014 | News

Cities must step up and publish their data, says World Wide Web Foundation

Regional and local governments must follow central government efforts to open up data, says a report released this week by the World Wide Web Foundation. Definitions of open data should be flexible to encourage countries to take small steps towards openness, it adds.

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.

18 June 2014 | News

NATO launches map of its global activities and partnerships

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, an intergovernmental military alliance, has launched an interactive map illustrating some of the ways it is working around the world, including partnerships in Japan, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand.

10 June 2014 | News

Officials must force vendors to change products, says US Open Data Institute

Governments must force vendors to modify their software so that they can scale up open data projects, Waldo Jaquith, Director of the US Open Data Institute, has said.

9 June 2014 | News

Australia redefines digital and open data road-map

A customer-first strategy drives the business of government in the state of New South Wales. Insights were shared at last week’s 3rd Annual FutureGov Forum New South Wales in Sydney.

30 May 2014 | News

New Zealand government tightens privacy laws

New Zealand government tightens privacy laws to protect personal information. Proposed changes to Privacy Act strengthen powers of the Privacy Commissioner. Fore-shadows stronger investigative powers. Require agencies to “fix problems” involving breaches.

29 May 2014 | News

Esri pledges US$1b in cloud-based mapping software to strengthen STEM education in US

Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to help strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education through the ConnectED Initiative, Esri’s President Jack Dangermond announced that Esri will provide a grant to make its advanced mapping software running on cloud infrastructure provided by Amazon Web Services available for free to the more than 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States.

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