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Geographic Information Systems technology

Effective planning for the District of Columbia requires the best information available about the city and the capacity to analyze and communicate it efficiently. Our in-house Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Technology (IT) staff members provide mapping, spatial information and analysis, and planning-related GIS services to the Office of Planning (OP), other District agencies, citizens and a variety of organizations. This group plays a leadership role in GIS within DC government and works closely with the Census State Data Center and others conducting GIS activities inside and outside of DC government. It also manages overall information technology (IT) support for OP.


The Office of Planning’s in-house Geographic Information Systems staff members are a key source of high-quality map products for the Office, other agencies, and the public. A variety of ready-made and custom map products are available, together with a variety of on-line tools for interactive mapping and analysis.

Spatial Data

The Office of Planning’s in-house Geographic Information Systems staff develops and maintains a number of key planning-related data sets for the District, working closely with the Office of Planning’s Census State Data Center, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer’s Geographic Information Systems team, and others. These include Census boundaries like Tracts, Block Groups, and Blocks; land use data, neighborhood and neighborhood cluster data; Historic Districts and other historic resource information; and a variety of data sets describing planning-related initiatives.


The Office of Planning’s in-house Geographic Information Systems staff has long been a lead agency for analysis and presentation of spatial information for the District. Theis group provides analyses for every division within the Office of Planning to help guide planning and preservation decisions. It also works closely with a broad range of other DC agencies to make spatial information available and to put it in context, fostering discussion and analysis for a wide variety of purposes.

GIS Technology

OP has long been a leader in the use of Geographic Information Systems technology in DC. For more than twenty years OP has combined leading-edge tools and professional planning expertise to produce high-quality maps and analysis. OP has more active GIS users than any other District agency. All of our planners have GIS tools at their computer workstations, and dozens have received formal GIS training.

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by mythbelieving

About this in Egypt:
They have mentioned that Egypt is not the only place that this technology is being used.
There have been articles about using this technology and source that have been published over the last 20 years at least.
For more information on, the source is:

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by DianeG

The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, NASA Ames Research Center, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Geographic Science Center in Menlo Park, California, and the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies of San Francisco State University are sponsoring a Free WETMAAP Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers.
The WETMAAP workshop will:
• Explore the changes in wetlands and changing habitats of the San Francisco Bay
• Introduce educators to wetland habitats, and functions and values
• Introduce educators and students to wetland mapping, aerial photography, satellite imagery, topographic maps, and GIS technology
• Assist educators with the integration of wetland issues, maps, and images into existing curriculum
• Promote public awareness of wetland change issu…

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The students are using geographic information systems technology and Lidar data, which is 3D aerial imaging of the Earth's surface, gathered by aircraft with laser-based technology, the students note in a 10-minute video that explains the project (below).

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