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Students Build City Basemap and other Government GIS News

Wednesday, April 11th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

A pair of California State University Stanislaus students are conducting the mapping project for the city as interns, using equipment on loan to Newman from Stanislaus County.

There is no word if they or the school is getting paid.

- WestSideConnect.com

Allen County will abolish most fees previously charged for county maps and will join 85 other counties participating in the IndianaMap initiative.

...The county will continue to charge for customized mapping or for printing a map, but map fees ranging from $85 to $15,000, depending on the detail of the request, were eliminated.

- The Journal Gazette

Southwest Regional Police Dept (that includes Pittsburgh, PA) is the first in the Commonwealth to get the RAIDS crime mapping system. So why is there never a direct link to the maps?

This useful text is from the SWRPD blog:

Residents can now view the criminal activity in their communities online, free of charge. Visit the “RAIDS ONLINE CRIME MAPPING” link under “COMMUNITY-ORIENTED POLICING” tab to begin analyzing. Residents are reminded that only incidents reported to SWRPD are mapped using this service.

This from the local paper:

The information is available on the crime map at www.raidsonline.com or at www.swrpd.us using the community-oriented police link. 

The second link from the paper (to another blog post) has this link to the map. Is there a legal reason you have to search so hard to actually see the map?

- Post Gazette

A new system has been developed that can estimate the scale of crustal movement within minutes after a big earthquake, much faster than the system widely used now that takes more than five hours to do so, government officials and academics said Friday.

The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan and Tohoku University began testing the new system using the satellite-aided global positioning system Friday, aiming to start full operation in fiscal 2013.

- Mainichi

Vanderburgh County, Indiana thinks it has a first:

It['s] called "VC Election Office," and it allows voters to see locations and estimated wait times in real time.

The free application, available on Apple- or Android-based devices, was created by Mark Rolley Consulting, Inc., the company the city and county contracts with for several information technology services.

Kirk said, "We are the first county — period — to have this kind of an application." Matt Arvay, the city's chief information officer, said that's based on research by the leading geographic information systems (GIS) software company, ESRI.

Does anyone else know of such as app? I wonder how they estimate wait time and submit it to the app?
 
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