Cutting Auto Miles in Half and other Government GIS News
The Henderson City-County GIS (KY) launched in 2008 with 100 layers of data; now there are 600 and the system is used countywide. The server is sluggish and plans are in place for an update to it and the user experience. In the meantime users across the region sing its praises.
Property Valuation Administrator Howard Moran said cooperation among various governmental players has been a key factor in the system’s success. “The time savings of GIS is just spectacular,” for his office personnel, but also for people wanting to get information about a particular piece of property. “We have cut our automobile mileage nearly in half.”
Thanks to a $70,000 grant from the state Local Government Efficiency Program, the Development Authority of the North Country [New York State] will hire a consultant to complete a regional feasibility study to find ways for municipalities and agencies to share GIS, or geographic information system, mapping resources....
Orthophoto maps that provide detailed aerial views, for example, are created differently by agencies, and that process could be streamlined and made more consistent. When the improvements are made, GIS analysts who work for the agencies should be able to do their work more efficiently.
The RFP is expected in March, with a completed report slated for the fall of 2013.
Sacramento has long recognized the benefit of an organized, official volunteer program, which it runs under the general budget of human resources. In an IT capacity, volunteers are regularly brought in to assist with an ongoing GIS program, in IT support/help desk roles and with special projects, such as software code development and website design.
That's from an informative artilce about using volunteers in local government. Worth a read.