A Powerful Tool in Data Visualization and Analysis
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is a pivotal component of the Institute for Public Administration's (IPA) commitment to public service, research, and education.
A framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data, GIS technology is rooted in the science of geography. Its use can serve as a new way to organize important information into visual maps and 3D scenes.
GIS Technology Expertise
IPA has been at the forefront of GIS technology since the early 1970s. Over the years, personnel, equipment, and software have changed, but the mission to provide the highest quality mapping, data, and analysis to an ever-expanding scope has remained consistent.
IPA's trained GIS personnel use GIS mapping technology to create, analyze, and interact with a variety of maps and data sources in the following areas.
- Economic development
- Comprehensive planning and land-use analysis
- Watershed management and pollution control
- Advanced mapping techniques
Additionally, IPA's GIS specialists work to further the understanding of GIS tools and technologies through the following strategies and initiatives.
- Teaching graduate-level GIS classes within the School of Public Policy & Administration
- Incorporating spatial technologies in K-12 schools for educational use
- Employing and training graduate research assistants
- Presenting research at local, regional, and national conferences