GIS Government News Weekly: OKC Potholes, DC Computer Access and Connecticut Open Data
OKC Pothole Map
A new interactive map created by The Oklahoman’s Madi Alexander and based on data provided by the city enables residents to track repairs of the more than 80,000 potholes fixed each year. Alexander used CartoDB. I wonder why the city hasn't made such a map?
New York Public Library Makes 20,000 Historic Hi-Res Maps
The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. More details at this blog post via Infodocket
North Carolina Gazetteer Now Available Online, Search or Browse Material
NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at www.ncpedia.org. The press release is here via Infodocket.
NZ GIS ROI
A new app developed by the Marlborough District Council in New Zealand has cut the administration work of its building inspectors by 20 per cent. The app was built after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and refined after last year's Seddon earthquakes. Field crews use the app to share information quickly to emergency command centers so in emergencies areas of injury and damage can be identified and attended to.
No National Map of Mud Slide Areas
Unlike the warning systems and elaborate maps that help residents and officials prepare for natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes, there's no national system to monitor slide activity and no effort underway to produce detailed nationwide landslide hazard maps.
The U.S. Geological Survey doesn't track or inventory slide areas on a national scale, despite an ambitious plan to do so more than a decade ago when Congress directed it to come up with a national strategy to reduce landslide losses.
Georgia DNR Swings Deal with Google for Geodata
When Google contacted Georgia DNR about wanting its geospatial data, negotiations started for a public-private venture that would produce a win-win for Google Earth and Georgians. Exactly what Google provided is not clear. But a mobile app was created with minimal cost.
With the help of Georgia State University’s geosciences gurus, the DNR-Google effort, creating the interactive Georgia Outdoor Map, is what the DNR chairman believes is a first of its kind in the nation.
This year, the council staff decided to spend $2,500 for an annual subscription to ArcGIS, which provides mapping platforms to private and public organizations.