City Cemetery Mapping $35k and other Government GIS News

The Covington City Council [Georgia, USA] agreed Monday night to pay $35,240 to Omega Mapping Services of Woodbury to create the online database [of cemeteries].

The company will use survey grade equipment to map markers put in with ground penetrating radar. I wonder if anyone knows what that survey grade GPS [I imagine] is or ground penetrating radar does.

- Newton Citizen

eReadia LLC of Huntingtown, MD, announced today that it has partnered with the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative at Salisbury University (ESRGC) and the Historic Preservation Commission of Havre de Grace, MD, to produce a mobile app for key historical properties in the town. The app, supported by GIS data and historical records, will provide users with an easy way to explore historical sites in Havre de Grace.

- press release

Today, the Code for America New Orleans team is pleased to announce the New Orleans launch of BlightStatus: blightstatus.nola.gov. BlightStatus helps residents in the fight against blight by merging live data from across multiple city departments into a simple interface that tells clear stories about individual properties, and what is being done to deal with them, in a way that anybody can understand.

Here’s how it works:

  • A property search returns all the city’s information about that property in one place.
  • A simple progress bar reduces the process down to the essential steps and provides instant context at a glance about how far that property has progressed through the overall blight process.
  • For users that want to dig deeper, a detailed log of that property’s entire case history is available.
  • To make this more useful for organizations tracking multiple properties,  users can create an account and add properties to a “watchlist”.

- Code for America via @timoreilly


Published Friday, October 12th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg