It’s the time of year, end of one – beginning of another, to gain some inspiration by reviewing the top success stories of Public Works GIS in 2021. As challenging as 2021 was for all of us, the innovative uses of the geographic approach and GIS to help organizations do more with less, increase efficiencies, digitally transform, and replace manual paper-based workflows, are amazing. As we move into 2022, let’s emulate these innovations and see how we can all raise the bar in our work with GIS in Public Works. Here are the top Public Works GIS success stories of 2021.
From magnetic tape to mobile apps, geographic information system (GIS) technology has changed a lot over the course of its 50+ year history. Yet at many institutions, the curriculum and structure of GIS education has not kept pace with these changes. Looking at the skills that are required in the field today, there is clearly a mismatch with the desktop-centric GIS education that is still the foundation of many GIS courses and curriculum.
So, what needs to change? I think it makes sense to start with a story about trees.
With its waterfalls, geysers, and wide variety of wildlife such as bison, cougars and grizzly bears, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming remains one of most beloved spots in the US, drawing nature lovers from around the world to gaze at its wildlife and astonishing vistas.