GIS Government News Weekly: Street Cleaners Map, Walled City, Barge Map
Toowoomba Street Cleaners Help Homeless
Ozcare homeless outreach co-ordinator Ricky Fletcher said council workers on late night and early morning rounds had started noting details including the location, time and number of people sleeping rough in the city.
The information is passed to Ozcare, to help it map where the city's homeless people are sleeping in order to get them the help and facilities they need.
No details on the tech used, but a cell phone app sounds like a natural fit.
Google Pitching Maps for Emergency Response and Recovery
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Bill Would Restrict Access to Farm Complaints with Imagery, GPS Locations in NC
If a state Senate bill submitted last week passes, the public will no longer have access to aerial photos and GPS coordinates submitted with complaints against North Carolina farms, WRAL reports.
While the bill's sponsor, Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie, says its chances of passage are slim, the proposed legislation has spurred conversation about whether farmers' rights to privacy outweigh the public's right to information.
Pakistan's Walled City Get GIS
WITH an estimated cost of Rs 20 million, the Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) is going to install the first-ever Geographic Information System (GIS) to preserve and monitor the walled city and its important heritage sites in a scientific manner.
The systems will be used for surveillance and monitoring using android Apps and GIS. The Rs 20 million system is already installed and the WCLA staff have been trained. The rest of the article sounds like someone swallowed a GIS text book or a bunch of GIS brochures.
New GIS in Bedford County
The old version of the Virginia county site (accessible via this page) from MSAG only ran on IE and was first online in 2001. The new one runs on all the modern ones and will be updated weekly, rather than quarterly as the old one was. It cost 38K and took WorldView Solutions five months to put together. The headline about the new site in the local paper uses the term GIS. I'm guessing that the 2001 article used the term map.
Minnesota LiDAR Maps
Under the Minnesota Elevation Mapping Project, high-accuracy elevation data was collected for the state using LiDAR technology. The MnTOPO website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/mntopo/index.html makes this data available so users can view topographic information as 3-D terrain and/or contours for all of Minnesota in a seamless panning environment.
Tracking Runaway Barges
Tappan Zee Bridge construction vessels and barges are now equipped with GPS devices that allow boaters to use an online map to track their locations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced.
That makes it sound like it's about boater safety. It is in part.
The online map for boaters has been posted on newnybridge.com. The GPS devices are also set up to alert project leaders if a piece of equipment travels beyond a certain boundary.
Apparently, some barges have broken loose and gone missing. I'm not sure how valuable it is for boaters, but I'm not a boater.
Remapping Poverty in Spain
Previously, the cost of living in different areas has been ignored when measuring poverty levels in Spain’s autonomous communities.
Taking this additional factor into account, the map turns the established view of Spain’s financial situation on its head, showing a much harsher financial situation.
Areas previously thought of as wealthy, such as the Costa del Sol, are shown to be among the poorest in Spain.
Scotland to Create Land Ownership Map
An ambitious plan to establish who owns every part of Scotland is to be completed within ten years.
Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse announced the mapping project days after an expert group published a major report on land reform.
Government owned land should be on the map within five years.
Mapping Coconut Palms
The Douglas shire council is mapping the GPS locations of its coconut trees in a bid curb the threat of people being struck by falling nuts.On average 150 people die annually around the world from falling coconuts and while the risk is low in Port Douglas [Queensland, Australia], Council wants to reduce it.