GIS Government News Weekly: Microsoft in NYC, Blight, Data Sharing

Microsoft's HereHere Goes Hyperlocal in NYC

Microsoft's new HereHere project (video) maps the mood of NYC (and perhaps other cities) based on 311 calls. The idea is to provoke hyperlocal conversations. Per The Inquirer:

There are 42 New York City locations covered, and the firm thinks that it will boil down the mood of the city into a digestible format with a friendly, occasionally ratlike, face. The data is culled from the 311 phone number in New York City, which is the state's contact number for non-emergency communications.

Innovation? Visualization? Catching up? What is Microsoft's real goal?

Data Sharing in New State Villages

Carthage and 14 other municipalities in Jefferson and Lewis counties in New York are sharing highway data in a system is called the Joint Infrastructure Management Initiative. Cartegraph, the company behind the system honored JIMI as one of 10 municipal organizations in the nation to receive the first ever Excellence in Operations Management award. JIMI money came from a $700,000 state grant.

Data Swapping

In Center County, PA, there's a data deal with the water company. The county has a contract with PA American Water where with the county provides parcel GIS data in return for fire hydrant data.

Tackling and Tracking Blight

Citizens can follow code violation cases in Frederick, MD on the city's Spires GIS General Map ApplicationSays the mayor: "We have published code enforcement data for 2013 and 2014 on our Spires GIS General Map Application," McClement says. "This will give you the ability to locate any code enforcement violation, and pull up the detailed information on the case." It's an Esri-based app well branded with the SpiresGIS. In fact, if you visited and didn't look carefully, you might think you were looking at a map of a place called Spires! Why the name? Frederick is the city of clustered spires.

Economic Development in East Lansing

The Geographic Information System for the City of East Lansing, MI was updated to better support economic development efforts and uses ArcGIS Viewer for Flex 2. It includes some icons I did not recognize and uses the term "theme" in the user interface.
Mapping NY Fatalities for More Road Safety Funding

To highlight more than 900 pedestrians killed on roads in New York State between 2010 and 2012, Tri-State released an online map. Advocates are hoping for an additional $20 million in pedestrian and bicycle safety funding in the state budget expected to be finalized before April 1. Data is from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia as well as publicly available map files from the U.S. Census and county, state and city agencies.

Published Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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