Government GIS News Weekly: EnviroAtlas, County Liability, Edmonton’s Trees

County Liability Slows Move to GIS

Minidoak, ID County Assessor Max Vaughn wants  to upgrade from the AutoCAD to GIS.

“What we can do with GIS is we can actually take our map boundaries and overlay it with GPS maps and see if it’s accurate,” Vaughn said.

The issue holding things back seems to be one of liability. There's concern the county could be sued if data are altered after they leave the county website.
EPA Launches EnviroAtlas
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers and helps decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on our fragile ecosystems. It's designed for professionals and citizens and a version for mobile is planned.
Anoka Opens its Data
Anoka County, MN has decided to remove fees for some of its GIS data. The data files (geodatabase and shapefile) are accessed from the main GIS site data site via an FTP site and one must agree to a "terms and interest" disclaimer.
Kitchener, Too!
The City of Kitchener launched its open data portal with a catalog of 32 preliminary data sets in several standard data formats. I could not find the portal at the city's GIS site nor on the Region of Waterloo's open data area. Update 5/26: It's here. Thanks commenter!
Western Washington University Needs Interns to Map Invasive Species
Bellingham, Washington's Sehome Arboretum has intruders: invasive plants including English Holly, Ivy and Vinca are taking over. Western Washington University hopes to find one or two studentsto take on the project of locating and mapping them. The interns may begin this summer or fall
Edmonton Taps OpenStreetMap for Tree Map
To further a tree-planting initiative, Edmonton, Albera, Canada has launched yegTreeMap which includes each tree's location, species, size, and other characteristics.

The map was launched as part of Alberta’s annual Arbor Day, an event that first began in the early 1950s. Since its inception, over 15.000 children have received seedlings each year in the province.

Before you Call About Smoke Floridians, Check the Fire Map

The Florida Forest Service has had an online tool that maps fires all over the state for some years (copyright 2009, Silverlight and Bing). The goals is to offer citizens a real-time reference about whether fires are authorized or if they should be reported to authorities as wildfires. A TV headline cites it as "new." Perhaps it's updated?

Published Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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