“Jack Dangermond, founder and president of California-based ESRI, a large provider of geographic information systems technology, told the audience that location-based, online services will bring as much change to the government as GIS brought to agencies such as the Defense Department.
“Social media applications such as the broadcast text-messaging service Twitter are adding another layer to federal maps that in some cases can save lives, observers have noted. Dangermond referenced the recent California wildfires to show how a combination of geographic coordinates and live reports from first responders can be used to update maps instantly for emergency workers. He displayed an online map of the spreading fires overlaid with the sites of nursing homes and hospitals.
“”We’re not just seeing maps, we’re seeing spatial analysis,” Dangermond said.”