The inaugural Esri Smart Government award goes to... Abu Dhabi!
The emirate was announced as the winner of new award at the recent annual Esri user conference in San Diego, California, according to a recent press release.
Abu Dhabi managed to win the award largely on the strength of growing utilization of geographic information systems (GIS) there, via the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) launched by the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) initiative nearly a decade ago.
As it stands now, the AD-SDI is home to over 70 government + quasi-government agencies across various sectors, including: utilities, urban planning, security, safety, local government, public health, business, education, and cultural heritage.
All of these various agencies are now required to "share their spatial data with one another to facilitate the use of geospatial data among government agencies and other stakeholders."
"Geographically based information gives us the means to better understand the world around us, plan effectively, and comprehensively make informed decisions, and carry out the results of those decisions in a coordinated and efficient way,” stated Rashed Al Mansoori, Director General of ADSIC.
As an integral part of the the AD-SDI there's now a "data clearinghouse, geospatial portal, and website, as well as a framework for community engagement and formal agreements for data provision and sharing."
Altogether, this results in improved intergovernmental and stakeholder collaboration -- thereby improving analysis, decision making, and planning efforts.
“Abu Dhabi’s SDI Initiative is a lighthouse example of what can be accomplished by a nation that recognizes the many benefits that can be derived through the cooperative use of geospatial information,” commented Jack Dangermond, Esri president. “I am very pleased to honor them with our first Smart Government award.”