GIS Government News Weekly: Maps and Apps in Virginia, Open Data in NZ, Australia’s National Map

Staunton Embraces ArcGIS Online

The City of Staunton [VA] announced today the launch of a new “Maps & Apps” website.  Maps & Apps replaces the traditional city “GIS” site previously available for use by the public.  Information can now be accessed from a collection of Maps & Apps.  New apps include: “Crime Information,” “Traffic Information” and “Election History,” in addition to “Real Estate Information.”

It's an ArcGIS Online gallery with a mishmash of things from the city, state and private providers; I can't tell which are maps and which are apps and am not sure if it matters. The inconsistency between them was jarring and some didn't even have maps! Several links went to generic ArcGIS Online maps like the "current weather" one at right. 

NZ's Open Data Working Wonders

Land Information Minister Michael Woodhouse today [7/8] released the 2014 Report on Agency Adoption of the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government.
There's lot of good news about datasets being available and 3rd parties using them. but the bottom line for government from the executive summary:
The efficiency gains that most (72%) departments are experiencing from re-using other agencies’ data are the highlight of this report, though more metrics are necessary to quantify the gains. 
Australia's National Map 

The beta of what's being called Australia's National Map is hosted by NICTA but will be hosted by Geoscience Australia. Among the partners: Department of Communications, NICTA and Geoscience Australia, while the datasets are sourced from Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the government's open data repository.

The map project was unveiled last week ahead of the annual GovHackevent, July 11-13. Open source tech includes: Cesium, Leaflet, Geoserver, jquery, URI.js, proj4js, html2canvas, knockout, esri-leaflet.js, togeojson, and Tilelayer.Bing.js. It's a bit too "Google Earth-y" for me, but it's pretty slick.

Could Data Licensing be an Issue for Washington State's Legal Pot Business?

Yes, reports the Stranger:

Likewise, the state has purchased much of its mapping data from Esri, a private mapping company, and their contract restricted distribution of that data (the Attorney General’s Office also declared Esri-licensed data exempt from public disclosure). What this means is that cannabis business applicants can’t get access to the same data the liquor board is using to qualify their business locations. So, in effect, the only certain way to know if a location will be disqualified is apply and then be disqualified. This Catch-22 means qualified entrepreneurs will see their pot shop plans unexpectedly flushed down the toilet with no chance to re-apply.

Published Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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