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GIS Integration


Government interactions with citizens are often based on location. Whether your services or resources are associated with a specific set of points, unique areas or boundaries, or tied to existing boundaries such as census blocks, counties, or municipalities - location matters.

Integrating the components of GIS - data, analyses, processes, maps - into your business workflows, applications, and solutions creates the connection between mission and location. This connection can provide answers with greater clarity by incorporating a previously-unseen geographic element and understanding. UGRC can help to leverage your agency's existing GIS to get the most out of your data, or create custom integrations from scratch to meet your well-defined goals and objectives.

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Location is the link

Don't let your tabular data be bound to a sheet or database. By linking your data to a location or assessing your data and workflows from a geospatial perspective, you'll find opportunities to examine relationships between your interests and the myriad of geographic phenomena and datasets (or layers) that are available.

Simply displaying data on a map is an excellent first step to GIS integration. Do you have a list of street addresses associated with the services or resources your agency or organization provides? Start by geocoding them, plotting them as points on a map, then compare, contrast and analyze them with other data layers in the SGID to learn more and generate questions.

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What's possible

Below are subjects - some innocuous and some relatively serious - that we've encountered working with other state agencies, local governments, and other groups over the years to get you thinking about the possibilities for your data. Get in touch to brainstorm, ask questions, and develop ideas for GIS integrations.

  • Strategic placement of services and resources.
  • Inventory of municipal assets (e.g. manhole covers, fire hydrants, sidewalk curb types for ADA compliance).
  • Location and types of trees in a neighborhood.
  • Count of homes in taxing entities.
  • Homes damaged by a natural disaster/occurrence.
  • Disease outbreak investigation.
  • Communicating geospatial relationships of state agency data to elected officials based on political boundaries.
  • Air monitoring or other environmental data in conjunction with demographic and health factors.
  • Proximity to parks and other health indicators.
  • Food deserts in communities.

Examples of some custom GIS integrations UGRC has participated in

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