MAPPING THE ROAD TO PEACE – In the early 90’s, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia broke apart along ethnic lines, and the central republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina became a killing field. A wave of ethnic cleansing wiped out the Muslim populations in villages in Eastern Bosnia. Tens of thousands of people were killed. You had three separate groups: Croatians, Serbs and Muslims. It was a real mess, so they “cut up” the country. This is what the Dayton Accords were all about, and the only wat to do that was geospatially. This was the first successful use of deployable digital technology in diplomatic negotiations, helping to end a war. After nearly four years and 250,000 people killed, the people of Bosnia finally had a chance to turn from the horror of war to the promise of peace.
A short ESRI animation explaining Geographic Information Systems in a specially didatic way. GIS is a system to record, analyze and present spatial information on maps, allowing better decision making using geography. Traders use GIS to choose the location of new stores to sell specific products to the local public. It’s used by environmental organizations to mitigate the consequences of global warming. Electric companies use to locate specific parts that need repairs and to do them more efficiently. The police use it to identify patterns in criminal activities and plan operations more strategically. View information and trends is much easier on maps than spreadsheets. GIS is a software that runs on computers connected to powerful servers, which can now be accessed even by smartphones. GIS are informations about the real world divided into layers. Each layer contains informations of the same type. Continue reading WHAT IS GIS?