GIS Government News Weekly: Maps and Apps in Virginia, Open Data in NZ, Australia’s National Map
Staunton Embraces ArcGIS Online
The City of Staunton [VA] announced today the launch of a new “Maps & Apps” website. Maps & Apps replaces the traditional city “GIS” site previously available for use by the public. Information can now be accessed from a collection of Maps & Apps. New apps include: “Crime Information,” “Traffic Information” and “Election History,” in addition to “Real Estate Information.”
It's an ArcGIS Online gallery with a mishmash of things from the city, state and private providers; I can't tell which are maps and which are apps and am not sure if it matters. The inconsistency between them was jarring and some didn't even have maps! Several links went to generic ArcGIS Online maps like the "current weather" one at right.
NZ's Open Data Working Wonders
Land Information Minister Michael Woodhouse today [7/8] released the 2014 Report on Agency Adoption of the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government.
The efficiency gains that most (72%) departments are experiencing from re-using other agencies’ data are the highlight of this report, though more metrics are necessary to quantify the gains.
Likewise, the state has purchased much of its mapping data from Esri, a private mapping company, and their contract restricted distribution of that data (the Attorney General’s Office also declared Esri-licensed data exempt from public disclosure). What this means is that cannabis business applicants can’t get access to the same data the liquor board is using to qualify their business locations. So, in effect, the only certain way to know if a location will be disqualified is apply and then be disqualified. This Catch-22 means qualified entrepreneurs will see their pot shop plans unexpectedly flushed down the toilet with no chance to re-apply.