Stop Stock Theft is New Zealand’s first online map designed to report and track suspected stock theft. It's a joint initiative between Crimestoppers NZ, NZX-Agri and the Police. How will it stop such thefts? Per Katie Milne, Federated Farmers rural security spokesperson.:
“This mapping system sends a powerful message to casual and organised criminals that rural communities have had enough. We are getting the tools together and if you persist in rustling stock, it will not be if you will be caught, but when you will be caught."
"The more intelligence we can gather as a community for the Police, the more we’ll be able to prevent stock rustling from happening in the first place."
There is no detail about exactly who will be monitoring the map or what actions might be taken when additions are made.
- press release
Montgomery County, MD is taking it open data portal (Data Montgomery) and making the data useful by putting it on maps. First up: food maps.
Dan Hoffman, the county’s chief innovation officer and member of the Montgomery County Food Council, is all about upgrading GIS skills.
“This GIS portal is a great opportunity for us to develop our skills in this area,” he said. “It’s a really important skill these days. It makes a lot more information user-friendly.”
Budget to start: $70k.
Andover, MA is working on getting healthy with a dedicated health site
. Among the tools are pdfs of walking routes. Or, visitors can create their own routes:
The town’s GIS website will also help residents map and measure their own walking routes if they choose. An easy click and drag system is described in the document.
• 1. Access the following link (http://andoverma.gov/gis/)
• 2. Scroll down until reaching “Andover GIS Links.” Under this section select “Interactive Mapping (MIMAP)”
• Type in the house number and the street name of your starting location in the designated boxes, then click “search for properties.”
• When the property appears then select “show on map.”
• On the upper left hand side of the map there are two icons; a magnifying class which allows you to zoom in and out, and a hand icon that allows you to move the map to get proper placement.
• Move the map to achieve the proper starting location.
• On the upper right hand corner there is an icon of a ruler which allows you to measure your distance. When you click on this icon you will be allowed to trace your route along the map. The route will be traced with a green line and the distance will appear as the route is traced.
The walking routes document, a PDF, was built by interns.
- Andover Townsman