We have all heard it before , Geographic Information Systems technology is crucial in decision making processes and various studies not only for individuals and companies but also for federal agencies. We also know that actions speak louder than words, so a brief presentation, of three quite interesting GIS applications by US government , follows
A weekly updated map of drought conditions in the United States showing the long-term issues and impacts of droughts and amongst other interesting information you can also download relevant gis data.
An interesting visual map linked to a database with information on the Arboretum’s plants and herbarium specimens for scientists, researchers or even just nature lovers.
Those are just a few examples of agencies using GIS to improve decision making and deliver public information. Plenty of other more or less complex GIS solutions can be found,studied and used for personal or bussiness purposes. Complex or manageable, labor intensive but worhtwhile, commercial or open source, GIS are the only solution to a plethora of problems in the modern society.