US: During SpatialRoundtable.com discussion, Christopher Thomas, ESRI’s industry solutions manager, addressed the emerging trend of governments using Web 2.0 technology to improve service—Gov 2.0. Executives from all levels of government, as well as media and geographic information system (GIS) leaders, have responded to Thomas’s question: “Can the GIS community provide a platform for engagement that empowers citizens?”
Thomas said, “Government needs to meet high expectation levels. Citizens want to interact with their government online and GIS is playing an important role in delivering these valuable Web services.”
In his post, Thomas discussed two kinds of Gov 2.0 enthusiasts. One group is more engaged in studying emerging technology, including cloud computing and crowd sourcing, while the other primarily sees Gov 2.0 as a movement to improve government. But a separate group—the largest group, he notes—comprises citizens who are generally unaware of Gov 2.0. In this environment, he sees GIS emerging as a key platform for delivering transparency and accountability that will ultimately help instil more trust in government.
ArcGIS Mapping for SharePoint
Meanwhile, ESRI announced that ArcGIS Mapping for SharePoint is now available. ArcGIS Mapping for SharePoint is a set of configurable mapping components that enables SharePoint administrators or contributors to embed an interactive map within Microsoft SharePoint. Users of the site can quickly discover and exploit the geographic aspect of their data using an easy-to-understand map and a coordinated geolist.
ArcGIS Mapping for SharePoint is supported on Microsoft SharePoint 2010, enabling users to take advantage of the latest SharePoint technology. The ESRI and Microsoft teams have worked together closely to enable both products to launch simultaneously.
ArcGIS Mapping for SharePoint applications have access to global imagery and maps from ArcGIS Online or Bing Maps and operational layers such as SharePoint lists, ArcGIS Server services, and SQL Server 2008 data. Configuration is easy through a set of interactive dialog boxes.
ArcGIS Mapping for SharePoint is built on the ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/WPF and is available at no cost for existing ArcGIS Server customers. Learn more by visiting the ArcGIS Mapping for SharePoint Web site at www.esri.com/sharepoint.