Working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers are tackling the issue of unmanned aircraft safety. The team recently became the first professional sports franchise to record a video reminding fans – and everyone else – to abide by the laws covering personal drone use.
A recent survey of planners by Planetizen looked at mobile app that enhance public participation in local governance and planning to improve efficiency and data collection for planners. A number of fine productivity tools were mentioned in the findings, many of them can possibly be useful to some of you I’m sure! From the results… common apps mentioned include such apps as Todoist, Constant Contact, Mediafire, GoogleMaps, Dropbox, ArcGIS, GoToMeeting, and SlideShark, among others. Planners report regularly using Trulia and Zillow, which are helpful in finding information about properties.
Social Cyclist app for improving your community
Socrata (www.socrata.com) has announced the launch of the Socrata 2014 Open Data Benchmark Reportdesigned to measure and report public-sector use of open data in the United States. The report reveals that an increasing number of public-sector organizations have embraced open data as a way to boost visibility into government decision-making and performance.
“This benchmark study clearly and dramatically confirms what we’ve been seeing during the past few years – open data adoption and usage is exploding in governments all over the world,” says Kevin Merritt, Founder and CEO of Socrata. “Open data has gone mainstream. It’s a viral movement that’s now unstoppable. And, as the lifeblood of connected global networks, it’s improving the lives of people on just about every continent.”
Recall it was in February (seems ages ago!) when Esri’s Andrew Turner (@ajturner) lifted the lid off the Esri Open Data initiative, and effort to help Governments meet their mandate to be more transparent and serve the public with more open data – enter ArcGIS Open Data. I’m a huge fan of such efforts, mainly as they support Governent’s true mandate of serving the public and acting as the platform for innovation!
For all the deets direct from Esri see this resource devoted to ArcGIS Open data
Another fine, interactive story map from Esri… Esri’s interactive Federal Government Shutdown map is available for the media to embed or share as part of ongoing government, economic, and political coverage. This map uses data from Trulia.com to show the 10 areas in the US that have the highest percentage of local wages going to federal workers. You can also explore demographic data from Esri that compares median household income and unemployment in these areas to the national average to better understand the local impacts of the federal government shutdown. [Read more…]
I suppose you had to expect this was coming now that the Shutdown is in week 2… yesterday the USGIF officially had to pull the plug on the 2013 GeoInt event which was supposed to take place next week in Tampa, Florida.
Indeed the Federal Government shutdown in the US has affected many web sites and web services. Seems that all of the “non-essential” sites have been pretty much turned off with splash screens replaced to greet visitors… essentially meaning that not only are any sites updated (although most do have feeds from real-time sensors and the like) but the existing legacy data and information that was available (think census.gov and data.gov) is also gone – obviously the reason being that there are no support workers or IT folks around to keep the sites humming along… Yes indeed, this also means that there are no data available to you from Data.gov either! Oh, and the Whitehouse is also affected and as a result whitehouse.gov is no longer being updated
On the upside, we sent out another fine GISuser Today Geo industry newsletter today, the downside though are these email bounce-backs that we’ve received, and plenty of them! Best wishes to all of our Federal Government worker colleagues and friends, Government contractors and others affected by the recent Government #shutdown
There’s no doubt that many companies and many people that you know personally have been affected by the US Government shutdown. Indeed there’s also many GeoTech professionals and those charged with managing Federal assets and lands with GIS and supporting technologies that are currently out of work.
Below, find an overview of some of the government services and operations that will be impacted until Congress passes a budget to fund them again. For detailed information about specific activities at Federal agencies, please see federal government contingency plans.
- Vital services that ensure seniors and young children have access to healthy food and meals may not have sufficient Federal funds to serve all beneficiaries in an extended lapse.
How big is government? Well, this survey of local agencies in the US may clarify that for you. The US Census Bureau has just released the data and findings from the 2012 Census of US Governments. The Individual State Descriptions provide the foundation of how government entities are identified and classified for the U.S. Census Bureau statistics on governments. Conducted every five years, the census of governments provides the only uniform source of statistics for all of the nation’s state and local governments.