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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New NYC Open Data and other Government GIS News

New York City had until last Thursday to meet the first deadline set in its now year-old open data law by making data already published on nyc.gov available in machine-readable format, rather than in PDF format.

According to a city press release, there are now over 1,000 data sets available on New York City's Open Data platform. The platform launched in October of 2011 with 750 data sets, 250 of which were new at the time. Since the law was signed in March of last year, New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) has been working with agencies to add 350 new data sets to the platform and worked to add regularly updated feeds to existing data sets.

Not all agencies have met the deadline, but there is progress. The data platform also includes a tool where those who are intrested can request that specific datasets be made available. Among the requests: sewer outfalls and hydrants for a Code for America project.

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WORCESTERSHIRE County (UK) Council's Cabinet has made changes related to which students attend school where. In particular, the Cabinet is changing how distance to school is measured.

When a community or voluntary controlled school is oversubscribed, home to school distance is used as the final criterion to determine priority.

The council currently uses a walking route measurement using a Geographical Information System (GIS). It has now been agreed that the council will move to a straight-line measurement, similar to the system used by neighbouring authorities. The straight line measurement is more accurate, easier to explain to parents and removes concern that routes to schools have been calculated incorrectly.

- Worcester News

Tasmania is the last Australian state to pass legislation about dual langauge naming on maps and signs.

Under the policy, significant landmarks may feature both the Aboriginal name and existing official names, with the potential to rename landmarks with the Aboriginal name if community support exists.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/13 at 04:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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