John Palletiello, head of his own public affairs consulting firm and Executive Director of MAPPS, offers a list of 10 things the newly appointed Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring in Virginia can do to “save money, improve service and make state government more transparent and responsive to the citizens of the Commonwealth.” Many relate directly to geospatial type issues, but this one may be of particular interest:
8. Privatize the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN). Mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) is a commercial activity and one of the fastest growing business areas in the U.S. economy. Virginia has one of the largest concentrations of geospatial firms in the world, with a number of highly qualified firms with skilled employees – any number of Virginia firms can manage this program.
- Bacon’s Rebellion
Kalkaska County, MI will launch its new GIS website on Sept 15. Check out the players who help make come to pass:
The development of the new digital mapping system was spearheaded last February by officials from Kalkaska County, the Kalkaska Economic Development Corporation, the Village of Kalkaska and a number of local townships. The project has been funded through a $25,000 grant from Rotary Charities of Traverse City and a $5,000 grant from LIAA’s Partnerships for Change Sustainable Communities Program. Additional funding has been provided from local jurisdictions throughout Kalkaska County.
Rotary? I never knew that organization supported GIS! Cool. (My band hosts a benefit for the a local group of Rotarians each spring. They are known to be more boisterous than our other charity event sponsor: Emerson Hospital.)
- Leader and Kalkaskian
Want some 6 inch soil temp data for parts of Minnesota? You can have it! A new tool from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) can help co-ops and farmers make wise fertilizer application decisions this fall. The “Six-inch Soil Temperature Network Map” features marker locations where the MDA is monitoring soil temperatures. By clicking on one of the markers in the map, users can see a graph of 6-inch soil temperatures for the past week. For now there are only sites in central and southern parts of the state, but more are on the way. The neat trick? MDA is “piggy backing” the sensors with stream gauge sites.
- Farm and Ranch Guide
London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a Digital Advisory Board of online experts which consists of experts such as former new media age editor and TechCrunch Europe editor Mike Butcher. It will be chaired by the Mayor’s economic advisor Anthony Browne and, although the initial focus will be on spreading the use of the London Datastore, it will consult on projects such as Wi-Fi London and the London Card. And, yes, there’s a geo person on it: “geospatial information expert Professor Jonathan Raper.”
- New Media Age
Morris, in Grundy County, Illinois just entered into an agreement to receive data from the county at no fee. “This information will be useful to the city in doing topology, determining building permits as well as allowing its water department to quickly identify water lines and buffalo boxes in inclement weather, Watters said.” I do not know what “doing topology” means in this context.
- Herald News