Denver’s New Commuter Tools and other Government GIS News

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My Way to Go, an innovative web-based trip planning tool launched this week at, offers area residents a convenient central resource to explore multiple commute options. The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Way to Go program debuts the one-stop shop that allows commuters to easily and comprehensively compare their trip options and make informed choices.

It uses Esri tech, and offers car sharing, bike and walking options. It taps OpenStreetMap; hopefully someone will note it's not Open Street Map as attributed. (Update 1/30/14, 3 pm: Already heard back from My Way to Go; they are on the OSM issue.)

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A new online tool developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society will enable New Yorkers to develop and share sustainable visions of New York City’s future, making it possible for the public to virtually plan their city block by block. allows users to create and share visions comprised of ecosystems, lifestyles, and climate scenarios and measure their environmental performance in terms of water and carbon cycles, biodiversity and population for Manhattan. Users can tap a wide variety of datasets past and present to create their maps and then share them via social media. The other boroughs are on the way. And, Esri tech is in use. was supported by a 2011 NYC Cultural Innovation Fund grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, with additional support from The Summit Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Nimbo (, and Esri.
There's a new tool, MapIQ to help those interested in services in South Australia find them. 

Developed by DCSI, using cutting-edge Geographic Information System (GIS) technology from intelligent mapping company Esri Australia, the website provides an all-access pass to information on more than 7,000 services.

Most noteworthy to me: all the data is under a Creative Commons license (see graphic above). The list of data sources includes many public agencies and Google and Map Data Services.

- press release

Published Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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