Cass County Data $1000/year and other Government GIS News

Cass County, IN looked to its neighbors when two companies wanted to buy its GIS data. (The data, public records, are avaialble on the county website, but apparently not for download.) The verdict: sell it on an annual basis:

Companies wouldn’t be allowed to repackage and sell the county’s data.

The fee would be $1,000 a year, and that fee would entitle the buyer to any updates in the data for the rest of that calendar year. To obtain updates in subsequent years, [ the county’s information technology director Cj] Gilsinger said, the firm would have to pay another fee.

- Pharos Tribune

It seems the city of Napa is getting an ELA with Esri. Here's how the cost pre- and post deal play out:

Napa has used mapping software from Esri, based in Redlands, for at least 10 years, primarily in the engineering and public works departments, said Scott Nielsen, the city’s information technology services manager. The city has paid about $15,000 annually.

Now the city plans to use the software for all of its operations at a cost of about $55,000 in each of the next three years.

Napa Valley Register

Here's how London will help pay for a new transit line:

Emirates, which sponsors Arsenal football club, can today be revealed as the backer of Boris Johnson's cable car project, which will link the O2 arena in Greenwich with the Excel exhibition centre at the Royal Docks.

As part of the £36million, 10-year deal for the new Emirates Air Line, the company will see its branding on all future versions of Harry Beck's Tube map design. Two new stations will be added to future versions of the map - Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks.

This is a first for branding on the Tube map.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine, today, announced $1 million for 9 projects that will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in New York. Specialty crops include fruit, vegetables, maple, honey, horticulture and nursery/landscape. The Specialty Crop Block Grants are funded and approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
And one involves GIS:

$78,897 – Developing a Monitoring, Scouting & Damage Assessment Tool to Assess the Spread and Impact of the Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Cornell University)

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a native of Asia and an invasive insect in both urban and agricultural landscapes. Confirmed in 33 states, including New York, its dramatic population explosions in 2010 devastated agricultural commodities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, resulting in $37 million in losses to tree fruit alone. This project will employ GIS-based mapping architecture to effectively coordinate and display information important for pest management decision making.

- Long Island Press

Published Monday, October 10th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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