GIS Government News Weekly: Juvenile Crime, Where to Put the Hog Farm, Job Access

Juvenile Crime in Ohio

An interactive map created by the tech team at the Cuyahoga County [OH] Prosecutor's office offers a glance at juvenile crime countywide last year.

The map is based on Tableau and has prompted some discussion of how to focus resources on the issue, though numbers have dropped over the years.

Where to Put Industrial Ag in SD

The rural, outlying areas of Davison County, S.D., would be some of the best choices for an animal feeding operation or an industrial ag business, according to a recent state-funded study.

The study, done by Planning and Development District III in Yankton and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, used GIS mapping software and identified which properties in the county would be suited for projects such as a large-scale hog operation or a grain shuttle loading facility.

The study was state funded and the big issue in locating such services is a shallow water table.

Connected Warrants and Child Safety

Albuquerque police want to ensure child abuse cases don’t fall through the cracks by providing officers with crucial information when responding to calls.

“We’re looking at what we call GIS or GPS technology that would alert an officer’s cell phone if they step foot on a property thats connected to a warrant,” Wilham said.
Landslides in Oregon
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has released version 3.0 of the Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon (SLIDO), which compiles all landslides that have been identified on published maps. The SLIDO interactive map at makes locating landslides as simple as entering an address.
It's also available as a free download, as web services, or for purchase on DVD. 
Access to Jobs in NY/NJ/CT
In a conjunction with a report to be released on Friday called Fragile Success: Taking Stock of the Tri-State Region, RPA [the Regional Planning Association] has just gone live with a compelling interactive map that reveals which filled jobs, by both industry and education-level, are where in the region — and given today’s transportation choices, how long it really takes to get to them.

The "Access to Jobs Map" is an appreciation of the fact that a job’s value is closely tied to the trouble it takes to travel there and back each day, and that people’s commuting preferences are changing

The cool part: Code and data from: Leaflet, Census data, public transit data in the GTFS format, and OpenTripPlanner.

Berks County Flood Maps

The Berks County Planning Commission, PA, now has a tool (mobile and desktop) where homeowners can determine if their properties are located on the floodplain maps. It was introduced at a county commissioners last week. It's Esri-based - Flex.

State GIS Procurement Process

Alan Leidner is The NYS GIS Association's representative to the NYS Geospatial Advisory Council. He wrote a letter on behalf of the Association’s Board to the State Office of General Services (OGS) recommending the development of an improved contracting mechanism for GIS services. This might be a valuable resource for other organizations to explain the value of GIS to government.

Wisconsin Fish Map

A new on-line map created by the Department of Natural Resources and the federal government will allow anglers to find more than 160 species of fish in Wisconsin waters.

Data comes from fish surveys, some dating back 130 years. It's built on ArcGIS Online, but doesn't look like every other one. One typo: download data in "tsv" - should be "csv" I think.

Raise the Wage Map

Last Friday, the White House unveiled an interactive map highlighting the positive effects of raising the national minimum wage. It's powered by Leaflet, OSM an tiles by MapQuest. And, it's got an embed link. Nice job!
Fire Hazards in Oklahoma

Officials with Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) unveiled the new fire hazard map; it's expected here on June 1. It allows individuals, civic planners, fire departments, emergency managers, and elected officials to zero in on their wildfire risk and access resources to help them better prepare for wildfires and mitigate hazards. Said Mark Goeller, OFS assistant director and Fire Management chief.

“In the past, you had to have GIS [geographic information systems] skills to be able to use this kind of data, and you had to rely on a third party to interpret it. SouthWRAP not only identifies a community’s at-risk areas, it provides potential mitigation solutions.”

Published Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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