Walpole’s New MuniMapper and other Government GIS News
The town [of Walpole, MA] website — www.walpole-ma.gov — has a new feature that connects to a series of maps and related information. The “MuniMapper” was developed by the town’s IT department in conjunction with MassGIS, the state’s Office of Geographic Information. It’s described online as “a helpful tool for both residents and businesses to gather data through the use of a mapping system with layers of data either added or removed to the map.” Available data includes parcel ownership, conservation restrictions, building locations, and congressional district lines. The town plans to expand the types of data based on feedback from residents.
It's the first public GIS interface. Gory details:
The Municipal Mapper (MuniMapper) is based on an online mapping tool called OLIVER, which was created for the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), the Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS), SeaPlan (formerly the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership) and Applied Science Associates (ASA), Charlton Galvarino, and PeopleGIS. MuniMapper can be used to search, display, and share spatial data pertaining to municipalities. Users can quickly create and share maps and download data for use in a Geographic Information System (GIS). In 2011, the OLIVER system was upgraded to a new web-based thin client using GeoExt and OpenLayers. It continues to use GeoServer-based MassGIS web mapping services. The project was graciously funded by SeaPlan. OLIVER was developed using open source technology - the OLIVER codebase is free for use and modification under the GNU General Public License. More information about the open source nature of OLIVER can be found at the OLIVER Developer web site.
As part of a company service project, more than two dozen AOL employees from the Dulles facility fanned out on bicycles along the W&OD in May. Working with staff members from the Loudoun County Office of Mapping and Geographic Information and the W&OD Regional Park, the AOL employees used cellphones to obtain geographic information system coordinates and photos of amenities, such as covered shelters, picnic tables and water fountains, and points of interest such as heritage signs, mile markers and trail crossings. In all, about 270 data points were collected, the statement said.
It was the county's first crowdsourcing effort. The resulting map is already online.
GIS is coming to Kenyan counties for sound planning, informed decision-making and improved service delivery:
The National Taxpayers Association (NTA), LocateIT Ltd and Kakamega County Monday unveiled a GIS pilot platform that provides real-time information from various county sectors.