The Next Step for Agency GIS: Government Computer News Interviews ESRI’s Jack Dangermond

JackDangermondESRI160…from Government Computer News

GCN: The Homeland Security Department is looking to build on GIS-based programs such as Virtual Alabama, which uses Google Enterprise, and the Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response system, which is built on the ESRI platform. How would you characterize the differences between those two platforms — and how do they reflect the state of GIS tools?

“DANGERMOND: The Google environment in Alabama is focused on visualization. ESRI’s technology is actually a complete GIS system, including visualization, mapping, data management and a rich library of spatial analysis functions. This system works in a distributed environment and uses a variety of open standards to interconnect and integrate different types of services — such as 3-D services, mapping data editing and spatial analysis. Those services can be mashed up with other services and made available through a variety of rich Internet applications for the Web, mobile and geobrowsers.”