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Abu Dhabi participates in Esri conference

ADSIC and other government entities highlight GIS achievements at Esri UC

Abu Dhabi participates in Esri conference
Abu Dhabi e-Government's delegation at the Esri User Conference with Esri president Jack Dangermond.

Abu Dhabi e-Government has participated in the annual Esri User Conference in the US, to showcase the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in government.

The conference, the leading global GIS event, was held in San Diego, and attracted nearly 15,000 participants. Esri UC included sessions and keynotes on the latest technologies and innovations in the GIS sector. Abu Dhabi highlighted 27 different GIS maps from Abu Dhabi's Spatial Data community, in addition to the latest maps of the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure Program (AD-SDI).

Saeed Al Mansoori, executive director, Shared Government Services at ADSIC, commented: "Through our participation, we aim to understand more about GIS technologies and innovations, which will enable us to provide Abu Dhabi with the best services, while achieving the Abu Dhabi e-Government's strategic objectives to achieve an innovated geospatial-based smart government.

"The Abu Dhabi e-Government's participation in the 2015 edition earned it a global reputation and made it a focal point for partnerships, investment, and information sharing. This year, we are displaying a map and visuals of our vital projects, analytical studies and innovative maps of Abu Dhabi government entities at the Map Gallery, which is a key component of the event," Al Mansoori added.

The conference was launched with an opening keynote by Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri on his vision for GIS and how we can all contribute to enable a smarter world, the future of GIS, how organizations around the world are deploying GIS, leveraging advanced spatial analysis, creating insight, supporting decision making and driving action.

During the event, ADSIC held a number of meetings with Esri executives and with GIS institutions. The delegation also had the chance to attend a number of workshops where they exchanged knowledge with other global institutions and specialists, while observing industry best practices.

Abu Dhabi e-Government first participated in Esri 2010 through the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD -SDI). Since then, it has been leading the participation of various governmental entities through the Abu Dhabi Government / spatial data program platform.

In 2014, the number of government entities attending the event increased not only in terms of the number of visitors and participants, but also in its various components such as the Map Gallery and networking meetings. In 2015, Abu Dhabi e-Government was awarded five Government excellence prizes on GIS.

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