Re: GIS and tech writing?

Subject: Re: GIS and tech writing?
From: doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 00:48:27 -0800

On Tue, 20 Nov 2007 17:30:21 +0000, jopakent -at- comcast -dot- net wrote:

>Telecom uses this technology a good deal. Our company uses GIS information
>to determine where to route calls. When you make an E9-1-1 call, we use GIS
>boundaries to determine which PSAP (first responder) should get the call.

Using GIS that way must save a lot of data entry/storage/updating. I'd
bet that GIS is making inroads with all sorts of businesses that use

>I'm not sure how the maps get rendered. I see them plotting from time to time,
> but I don't think anyone here has anything to do with authoring or creating.
> It would be interesting to find out how that gets done though.

I know that a lot of basic map data is digitized from aerial and
satellite photography. Much of it is available for a fee with
value-added layers of more specific data. But telecom companies would
surely add mass quantities to their own information to their maps.
Maybe they're doing that work on a different floor from you?

Anyway, thanks for the information, it gives me ideas.


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