To help government, GIS leaders must understand business goals

For the government officials using geospatial information systems to make government work more efficiently, understanding business goals is key, according to two GIS leaders. At a live podcast recording of StateScoop’s GIS Addressed podcast at the National States Geographic Information Council’s annual conference last October, New York Geographic Information Officer Frank Winters and New Jersey Geographic Information Officer Andy Rowan said GIS officials need to emphasize communication and coordination with other agencies as they pursue technology projects. Part of doing that, Winters says, is cutting down on the acronyms that technologists often use in their own circles. “The soup of acronyms we throw around when we’re around our peers really is an impediment to us getting our story out,” Winters says on the podcast. “The role of a GIO I see partly as the role of an interpreter.” Rowan, who at the time also served as a deputy chief technology … Continue reading To help government, GIS leaders must understand business goals