Government GIS News Weekly: Meadowlands, Moore, Naval Noise

Meadowlands Fire GIS for Mobile

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission GIS group is piloting a digital mapping tool that brings building and other data to firefighter's cell phones. The map is accessible through the commission's website. On initial viewing, it shows the Meadowlands district and the borders of the 14 towns within it. The towns provide data to be part of the app which renders in HTML5 to support various browsers and hardware. The app took first place at the 27th annual (who knew?) New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection GIS Mapping contest.

Botswana Explores Open Data Readiness

The Botswana Innovation Hub, in conjunction with the e-Government Unit in the Office of the President, have agreed to conduct a diagnostic study to assess the capability of Botswana, inside and outside the government, to implement an Open Data program. The assessment will include an Action Plan, which will provide recommendations on utilizing Open Data to stimulate business innovation and new business creation, especially in the ICT and small business sectors.  The study is to be conducted in partnership with the World Bank and the Partnership for Open Data.

The study involves interviews with key stakeholders, reminding me of the old fashioned GIS needs assessment.

Reporting App Crowdsources Navy Noise

San Juan Islanders can now report noise from military jet aircraft on a new Esri-based application. Fourteen reports were made within the first 24 hours of launch on May 15. Councilman Stephens said the Navy, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, might benefit from information collected through the county website and perhaps plan its flights with sensitivity to it neighbors.

Moore, Oklahoma After the Tornado

Esri offers a map (embedded below) of a before/after imagery story map to highlight the rebuilding of Moore, OK one year after a tornado there.

Maps of Books Set in Toronto Courtesy of the Public Library
There’s a new way to navigate the stacks at the Toronto Public Library — by neighbourhood.

new map from the city’s librarians connects books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the real-world Toronto neighbourhoods they take place in.

It's Google Maps based. Go Librarians!


Published Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg