The LINK-GIS partnership and the Telecommunication Board of Northern Kentucky recently completed a 20-minute informational video that will air on Insight cable channel 15. The video, which debuted in late October, is an updated version of a similar project completed in 2001 which has been used extensively over the years.
“We needed to update the video because a lot has changed since 2001—elected officials and the uses of GIS,” explained Trisha Brush, GISP, NKAPC’s deputy director for GIS administration. “This time we didn’t just interview people from the LINK-GIS partnership, we also got testimonials from those who use our data.”
Outside testimonials on the new video production include agencies such as the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District, OKI, and Bayer Becker Engineering.
The video is segmented into 12-minute modules to make it easy to edit in the future, according to Brush.
“Each participating organization will get its module to put on its website for promotion purposes,” Brush said. NKAPC also plans to use the modules in presentations about the partnership and staff’s role with it.
Brush says the partnership hopes the video will increase awareness and help the public see that GIS is more than just a way to make pretty maps. Not only is it an accurate, scientific, and efficient communication tool, it’s a great resource for property owners to reference soil types, property lines, police and fire station locations, voting precincts, school districts, and so on.
“This updated video was a collaborative effort and everyone was happy to contribute,” she said. “It’s very informative and when people see it, they’ll be surprised at all the uses that GIS has and how agencies use GIS on a daily basis.”