“Municipal GIS Desktop Browser for Cities and Towns 2.12 brings a powerful, perfect and popular Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.) mapping application designed just for city, town, and county offices. Create your own maps and add your own data. Then browse the map or search for properties by Owner, Address or Parcel ID. View detailed information and building photos for each parcel via a database link.”
Hernando De Soto, Peruvian economist, gave a moving commentary at ESRI UC this year on “Mapping the Invisible,” based on his idea of building cadastral systems in the developing world. He has written a book entitled The Mystery of Capital, which holds to the premise that countries that don’t have land cadastre are poor.
“We are trying to help countries participate in the global economy, and the starting point is property,” claimed De Soto. Two-thirds of the world doesn’t have property law.
So it was with great interest that I noticed this morning’s article by journalist Akinpelu Dada, in Punch, a Nigerian newspaper on the web, that the “Ogun State Government has introduced Geographic Information System-based certificate of occupancy for landowners seeking new titles and for re-certification of existing landed assets in the state.
Developed by the Bureau of Lands and Survey, the agency in charge of land matters in the state, the new GIS-based C-of-O, was approved by the state executive council on September 23.”
Integrity Logic has been busy lately – they have now released Geology WA covering the state of Washington and Oregon. The release “focuses on the physical geography and geology of the Pacific Northwest states, and contains 25 layers of information, which can be superimposed, mixed and rearranged in any desired combination.”
The company also released for the state of Arizona, Geology AZ, a GIS with 23 layers of information focusing on the physical geography and geology of Arizona.
The company also has GIS coverage for the following states:
Geology CA, Geology TX, Geology NY and Geology FL.
“Rextag Strategies’ industry-leading GIS databases have won an open-bid contract from the US Department of the Interior. Rextag’s GIS data, used extensively throughout the private sector, has demonstrated itself a surpassingly valuable asset to government as well.”
” Rextag was awarded the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs contract for its Oil & Gas Pipeline GIS and Renewable Energy GIS Data.”
– Business Wire, Sept. 22, 2009
“Data managers at last weeks’ GIS Broadband Workshop in Denver talked about obstacles they’ve had to overcome in implementing geographic information systems (GIS) at their MSOs. One of the biggest challenges has simply been the element of time. It takes a few years to update a large operator’s subscriber databank with GIS data.”
www.Recovery.gov, a site created to track the flow of federal stimulus funds, features several interactive maps that show spending by state and by recipient.
In an article in Government Technology by editor Todd Newcombe he pointed out that during the first day of the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C. the discussions of a future of opening up government data to improve democracy and citizen engagement would mean that GIS would be a clear winner.
The reason for this is that 74 percent of government data is location-based, according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Federal Enterprise Architecture framework. State and local figures are higher than that, closer to 80 percent.
Coming up: the Open Government Directive from the Obama administration will require federal agencies to set standards for providing data in machine-readable formats to the public.
In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Sept. 8, 2009) a map of recent homicides that have occurred in the city was published. The map shows geographic trends in homicides across the city by cause, race and gender. Other maps for different types of crime are being created to be shared with the public. Interestingly, a post on Geology.com said the maps are “relatively easy to make” and could be a “good communication tool for sharing the location of geologic hazards with the public – if you have a latitude/longitude database of incidences.”
According to ABI Research, “the number of people using mobile cloud services will rapidly grow over the next five years, reaching 998 million in 2014. Last year, these kind of services were used by 42.8 million subscribers, which is approximately 1.1% of all mobile users. In comparison, the number of people that are expected to use mobile cloud in 2014 will represent nearly 19% of all mobile phone users.” – Dusan Belic, ABI Research, Sept. 9, 2009