GIS Government News Weekly: OKC Potholes, DC Computer Access and Connecticut Open Data

OKC Pothole Map

new interactive map created by The Oklahoman’s Madi Alexander and based on data provided by the city enables residents to track repairs of the more than 80,000 potholes fixed each year. Alexander used CartoDB. I wonder why the city hasn't made such a map?

New York Public Library Makes 20,000 Historic Hi-Res Maps

The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. More details at this blog post via Infodocket

North Carolina Gazetteer Now Available Online, Search or Browse Material

NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at The press release is here via Infodocket.


new app developed by the Marlborough District Council in New Zealand has cut the administration work of its building inspectors by 20 per cent. The app was built after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and refined after last year's Seddon earthquakes. Field crews use the app to share information quickly to emergency command centers so in emergencies areas of injury and damage can be identified and attended to.

No National Map of Mud Slide Areas

Unlike the warning systems and elaborate maps that help residents and officials prepare for natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes, there's no national system to monitor slide activity and no effort underway to produce detailed nationwide landslide hazard maps.

The U.S. Geological Survey doesn't track or inventory slide areas on a national scale, despite an ambitious plan to do so more than a decade ago when Congress directed it to come up with a national strategy to reduce landslide losses.

Georgia DNR Swings Deal with Google for Geodata

When Google contacted Georgia DNR about wanting its geospatial data, negotiations started for a public-private venture that would produce a win-win for Google Earth and Georgians. Exactly what Google provided is not clear. But a mobile app was created with minimal cost.

With the help of Georgia State University’s geosciences gurus, the DNR-Google effort, creating the interactive Georgia Outdoor Map, is what the DNR chairman believes is a first of its kind in the nation.
DC Interactive Map to Find Public Computer Access/Training
The new map is built on Google Maps.
Connecticut's New Open Data Portal
Connecticut's new open data portal will allow raw state data to be collected and posted online. The Governor made the announcement at SeeClickFix, the well-known Esri partner which is based in New Haven. I found 30 datasets with maps in the Socrata powered site.
Spokane's New Road Construction Maps are Online
Until now the Spokane Regional Transportation Council printed maps of construction zones for about $1,500/year. The maps were soon outdated and had limited reach.
This year, the council staff decided to spend $2,500 for an annual subscription to ArcGIS, which provides mapping platforms to private and public organizations.
The council hopes visitors will set up free public accounts so they can add comments on the site which is generic ArcGIS Online.

Published Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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