The City and County of San Francisco has been using GIS within individual departments to enhance both operational and analytical functions since 1994. The Department of Public Works (DPW) were the initial creators of spatial `basemap' information (essential cadastral map information that all other location-based information can be referenced to) in 1994 as well.
Over the past five years DPW has developed and maintained the City's basemap efforts. However, getting consolidated map information out to city employees and the public has been difficult. In an effort to resolve these types of issues, San Francisco's Department of Telecommuncations and Information Services (DTIS) have taken on the responsibility of developing a centralized, citywide GIS.
The full realization of the City's GIS will enable departments and the public to better use GIS data for analysis, streamline and improve planning efforts, to foster productive sharing of information between departments, and to provide the public with timely, accurate location-based information.
What is a Geographic Information System? A Geographic Information System (`GIS') can be defined as "An organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographic data, and personnel designed to efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information."
Over the past 10 years, GIS has become a viable solution for government agencies in managing, organizing, and analyzing location-based information. Several large metropolitan city governments, including Los Angeles CA, Chicago IL, and Seattle WA, have seen how GIS can effectively be used to integrate previously unrelated data sets into a common citywide framework. These organizations, through the use of GIS, have not only streamlined their processes, but have ultimately increased their ability to provide essential services to their employees and the public at large. – less – More from ZoomInfo »