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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

NSW Location Intelligence Strategy

The state of New South Wales in Australia launched a strategy to encourage the public and private sectors to encourage geospatial datasets created by government agencies. The NSW Location Intelligence Strategy (PDF) provides the details, but here's the vision statement:

Our vision is to maximise the value of location intelligence in decision making, planning and service delivery for the benefit of the NSW Government, industry and communities.

Joe Francica looked at the effort in a blog post.

Mapping Danger in NYC

The NYC Department of Transportation is crowdsourcing and mapping dangerous corridors, wide pedestrian crossings and bad driving behavior on a new interactive website launched last week. The website,, received 570 comments in its first day and is part of the Vision Zero safety initiative from the city. The map uses OpenPlans' ShareAbouts tool and OSM.

Learn GIS for Disaster Response in One Day!

Over seventy of Rhode Island’s emergency response leaders and professionals met Thursday at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute Auditorium and left with the knowledge of how to employ a geographic information system (GIS) to combat future natural disasters in the state.

Apparently, attendees just listened to speakers at the conference, sponsored by the URI Coastal Institute and URI Environmental Data Center, and the R.I. Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), R.I. Division of Planning and R.I. Geographic Information System. Sample maps noted in the article labeled both maps and apps. What's the difference? An app uses a story map template and a map just uses ArcGIS Online.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 05/07 at 05:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson was sworn in last August and just visited rapidly growing North Dakota to begin thinking about the next big count. \

In what may be news to geospatial company ears, he's already talking about public private partnerships.

Thompson said the Census Bureau is considering creating public-private partnerships with geospatial mapping companies in order to create a more accurate count in 2020. On Monday he visited with officials from Fargo-based geospatial mapping company HERE.

And, while HERE has a production office in Fargo, U.S. HQ is in Chicago.

- Bismark Tribune

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/07 at 04:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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