ArcGIS is a mapping and analytics platform with a range of capabilities that apply “location based analytics to your business practices”.

I participated in an ArcGIS workshop on Tuesday and got to test the waters and see what this product was.

We analyzed a map of crimes from this last year in the city of Atlanta (which is about an hour drive from where I live). And it was the only workshop I’ve ever genuinely enjoyed.

The data GIS had was detailed and extensive, allowing the user to create a digital map of crime statistics and narrow the data to their interests. I was able to create a map that showed the volume of  crimes committed in different sized neighborhoods of the city.

In just scraping the surface of what this system has to offer, I felt like I was privy to knowledge the public didn’t have. I knew which neighborhoods I was more likely to be robbed while walking through, and which neighborhoods it was safer to live and work. In a city like Atlanta, that information could save your life.

Information systems like ArcGIS are incredible resources that we can utilize for our benefit and for our safety. It can be incredibly useful to business and school organizations, for real estate agents, for homeowners, the list goes on and on. A system like this should be publicly advertised more often, I see countless products and services thrown in my face morning, noon, and night, but I’ve never come across this incredible system.

Tonight, I’ll be mapping all the crime data ArcGIS has to offer with my glass of wine, instead of my usual Law and Order SVU.

Click here to see what it’s all about. 

A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. ​With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations—helping users make smarter decisions.

Source: What is GIS? 

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