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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Evaluating Sydney’s Public Transit and other Government GIS News

A coalition of 52 organisations called the Sydney Alliance has commissioned maps revealing the proximity and frequency of public transport services throughout greater Sydney.

The alliance commissioned urban geographer Dr Kurt Iveson to map Sydney's public transport network.

He found while a significant proportion of the city's residents live within 400 metres of public transport, just 15 per cent of those locations have services that leave every 15 minutes or less.

That, the alliance suggests, means inequality for the citizens. The best way to provide more options: busses. They are far more cost effective than more expensive dedicated trains.

- ABC News

The Phelps County Assessor’s Office, MO, is getting mobile GIS.

Why?

... the goal is for the mobile app to replace paper maps used in the field.  

Currently, the assessor’s office cannot use the web GIS on a tablet. “

Who and how much?

The proposal from Midland GIS Solutions includes a cost of $4,150 to create the application as well as maintenance up through Dec. 31, 2013. To continue to host and update the app, it would cost $2,400 a year starting in 2014.

The contract price of $4,150 is under the threshold needed to seek bids.

Is there support?

District One Commissioner Larry Stratman said, “You don’t have to sell me on it. I applaud your efforts and it makes all of the sense in the world.”

- Booneville Daily News

California's GIO announced plans for a January launch for a state geoportal.

The geo portal -- which will catalog state, city, county, federal, tribal and nonprofit data and operate based on "federated search" -- will launch this January with the goal of enabling government, business and the public to find information within two to three clicks.

The state will also develop high-value data sets that are used often across government, but presently reside in what Gregory called "disparate formats." The state also is looking at building a GIS cloud for state government to share information as a Web service, and building a communication strategy that exploits the latest technology tools.

I think @briantimoney has it right: "The more things change..." BTW, this article cites 85% of data having a geospatial component.

- GovTech

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 03:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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