County Open Data Portal Costs and other Government GIS News

Strathcona County in Alberta Canada will soft launch its open data portal on Feb. 10, with the public launch following on Feb. 18. 

Through consulting and services, the project cost $75,000. There will also be a $25,000 yearly charge for the portal software being used.

Best I can tell that software is from Socrata. 

- Sherwood Park News

The government would provide GPS devices for families to track their autistic children under a new law inspired by the Avonte Oquendo tragedy.

“Avonte’s Law” would expand a government program in place for families of people with Alzheimer’s disease, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said one day after the funeral for the autistic 14-year-old boy who disappeared from his Queens school.

It's not clear to me if Schumer means GPS literally, or something that would also track individuals indoors.

- New York Post]

The St. Charles Economic Development Department has upgraded its marketing program with the creation of a better, more modern website at

Once you get there, you can click on "Map Center," which brings you to a "Map Room" and if you are clever you find "Interactive Map of Landmarks and Business Clusters" which is a story map. There is still room for improvement as Esri St. Charles built this one and the legend for the point symbols reads: 

Color Legend: Green - Business Parks or Retail Cluster
Blue - Education
Red - Landmark

- News Magazine Network

Published Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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