(This weekly government post is typically published on Wednesdays; I moved it up a day due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week!)
Pierce County Washington Open Data Site
In celebration of International GIS Day, Pierce County is launching a free new site that makes it easy to research census data, zoning, local parks, property parcels, and more!
Data License: Accepts Terms of Service on home page. I was hoping for a standard license. The paper chose the International adjective for GIS Day; I've seen national and global, too.
Jamaican Development and Impact Map
JAMAICANS now have greater access to information about infrastructure developments and their environmental impact, following the launch last night of a new interactive website -- Development Alert! -- created by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), World Resources Institute, and the Access Initiative, with support from software developers Blue Raster of the United States.
The website uses an interactive GIS map of Jamaica to provide easy-to-understand information about recently approved or proposed highways, housing projects, hotel developments, energy projects, water abstraction, forest removal, and mining that are likely to have significant health, environmental, social or cultural impact.
The announcement does not note an Esri backend.
Census Celebrates 25 Years of TIGER
The Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) database — the first nationwide digital map of roads, boundaries and water — was initially created for the 1990 Census to modernize the once-a-decade head count. However, its impact has extended well beyond its initial purpose by offering common map data in electronic form that powers today’s geographic information system industry.
But, the press release also addressed the future of TIGER, too:
...the U.S. Geological Survey will use TIGER as the primary roads layer on The National Map Viewer and US Topo map product starting in 2015. The TIGER roads layer, which consists of all roads in the U.S., joins the TIGER governmental unit boundaries layer as an authoritative source of current, accurate and high-quality geospatial data for The National Map, which delivers topographic information for the nation. The National Map has many uses, ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response.