GeoWorld September 2011

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BY CHRIS GERECKE GEOSPATIAL Data Collection From the Field to the Cloud I 22 nternally or publicly, most organizations are push- ing for more transparency in their operations, and for good reason. State and local governments are being required to report data to the federal govern- ment. Federal agencies are being required to be more transparent about their accomplishments and where, spatially, work was accomplished. Private and public organizations are finding that they can be more efficient by geospatially locating where work has been done and where it has been GEO W ORLD / SEPTEMBER 2O11 recommended or scheduled. Organizations are being mandated to provide customer service that responds efficiently to citizen requests. Return on investment (ROI) is being sought after by reducing the length of time data are submitted from the field to the office and, therefore, increasing operational awareness and efficiency. In addition, these challenges are being faced by organizations with large budgets, dedicated support resources and sophisticated IT infrastructure. Smaller organizations, Data Issues

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