What NYC Learned after Irene and other Government GIS News

New York City is detailing the "lessons learned" after the visit from tropical storm Irene. Some of course relate to maps.

For example, the mayor’s office had predicted a surge in Web traffic on nyc.gov when it issued the evacuation order. But nobody expected five times the normal volume of traffic. By Friday afternoon, computer servers had become severely overloaded. The Web site sputtered and crashed for hours, when New Yorkers needed it most.

In the future, the city will try to modify the Web site so that it can be quickly stripped down to a few essential features  —  like an evacuation map, searchable by ZIP code —  that are in highest demand during an emergency.

There were also some issues with evacuations zones, at least one of which should probably have been extended.

- NY Times

It has taken more than 10 years, but recent place name changes approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names has removed the final racial slurs from Maine maps.

The six locations, all in Aroostook County, are now named Scopan, Scopan Inlet, Scopan Knob, Scopan Lake, Scopan Mountain and Scopan Stream.

The old names included sounds that refer in native American dialects to "women of the evening."

- Bangor Daily News

Among the online services developed by IKM for Local Self Government (LSG) Department  of Karala State, India is a Geographic Information System based Cadastral Maps (gis.lsgkerala.gov.in). There is no discalimer and the data is copyrighted.

- Kerala IT News

Published Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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