Finland to Open Data and other Government GIS News
The National Land Survey of Finland will open its topographic data on May 1st.
The head of St. Joseph County’s Transportation Authority [Michigan] wanted its latest vehicle to stand out...
A “vehicle-wrap” that covers the van’s exterior features a large-scale map of St. Joseph County. Although not suitable for actual map use, the design features most communities in the county and many major roads.
The "wrap" cost about $1000 and is considered a good advertising investement.
The city of Safford, Arizona
has cut three full-time employees from its Geographic Informations Systems Department, including administrator Raymond Brunner, who was the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Association's Geospatial Professional of the Year for 2008. Safford is finalizing discussions with Graham County to disseminate information captured at the city's facility. A data collector was the only position retained in the city's GIS department.
The responsibilities will be merged into the county to save money.
[City Manager David] Kincaid said the GIS Department cost the city about $1.2 million over the past four years and $365,000 in the last year alone. The cost to keep systems running with only a data collector is estimated to be about $75,000, and the pending contract with the county is expected to be about $200,000 per year.
Oak Hill, West Virginia claims first in the county status on its planned GIS.
“This is the way of the future,” says [Town Manager Bill] Hannabass. “The county got on board with it a while back. I’m proud to follow them as the first municipality in the county, and one of the only ones in the state with GIS.”
The GIS administrator will be a police officer.