CHAT is Here and other Government GIS News
The Western Governors’ Wildlife Council is creating the Western Wildlife Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) for public release in December, 2013. The CHAT aims to bring greater certainty and predictability to planning efforts by establishing a common starting point for discussing the intersection of development and wildlife. CHAT will be an easily accessible online system of maps displaying crucial wildlife habitat and corridors across the West.While not intended for project-level approval, CHAT is designed to reduce conflicts and surprises while ensuring wildlife values are better incorporated into land use decision-making, as well as large-scale conservation projects.
Maria MacGunigal, the city’s chief information officer, said the website at portal.cityofsacramento.org/opendata has three main components: Organizing and standardizing data; creating a typical interface for developing applications using the data; and providing a visual way to understand the data, such as with charts and graphs.