Sparks, an experienced geography and mapping professional, has extensive knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) technology and experience in administration, policy development and planning.
“Having a dedicated GIS expert in Indiana government pushes our capabilities to the next level,” said Weaver. “Working with the state’s current GIS talent, Sparks will create a consistent framework of statewide public maps and data for all levels of government that will help save lives and money and improve government efficiency.”
To continue the coordination of enterprise information technology solutions that save the state, and ultimately taxpayers’, time and money, Sparks will report directly to Weaver, who oversees state IT.
About the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) – The Indiana Office of Technology is an internal service agency that was created by Governor Mitch Daniels on January 10, 2005. Its mission is to provide cost-effective, secure, consistent, reliable enterprise technology services to its partner agencies so they can better serve Hoosier taxpayers. For more information about IOT, please visit http://iot.IN.gov
In fiscal year 2000, GAO found that 85 percent of federal government obligations in grants to state and local governments were distributed on the basis of formulas that use data such as state population and personal income. The decennial census is the foundation for measuring the nation’s population. It provides a count of the population every 10 years, and is the starting point
for estimates of population made in years between the censuses.
Decennial census data play a key role in the allocation of many grant programs. In fiscal year 2004, the federal government administered 1,172 grant programs, with $460.2 billion in combined obligations. Most of these obligations were concentrated in a small number of grants. For example, Medicaid was the largest formula grant program, with federal obligations of $183.2 billion.
Make Sure You Get It Right
An accurate census relies on finding and counting people—only once—in the right place and getting complete, correct information on them.
The Clock Is Ticking
Only 17 days left to sign-up for LUCA if you want the full 120-day review period!
Invitations to participate in the program were mailed to the highest elected official of every unit of government on August 7, 2007. If you're a local official, we urge you to join your peers around the state and participate in this program—an activity that will yield a decade's worth of benefits.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels proclaims November 14, 2007 National GIS Day in the State of Indiana and invites all citizens to duly note this occasion.
Consider an industry in the public or private sphere and it most likely utilizes advancements in geographic information and mapping technology. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the National Zoo tracks endangered pandas and Asian elephants, FEMA manages disaster operations and businesses monitor marketing trends, to name just a few examples.
To spread the word about the impact of GIS on countless scholarly and professional fields, Indiana University will celebrate GIS Day on Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the lobby of the Herman B Wells Library. GIS Day is a worldwide, annual event showcasing GIS technology and its applications.
At IUs local event, GIS professionals from the Bloomington area will give brief presentations on topics including geotagging-a practice that integrates geographical information with other media such as historical photographs-the environmental applications of GIS, and the Indiana properties database, a real estate tool. Visitors can also talk to professionals and educators about the GIS job market and training opportunities, Internet mapping, ongoing projects and other ways that GIS technologies are shaping the way we live, learn and do business.
The centerpiece of GIS Day will be a keynote address by Gilbert Rochon, associate vice president for collaborative research at Purdue University, Information Technology (ITaP), who will speak at noon on "The Evolution, Applications and Convergence of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Satellite Remote Sensing." Rochon has conducted research all over the world while working with the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and other organizations.
Another addition to this years GIS Day events is the Earth as Art contest. Students, faculty and staff are invited to make art that draws its inspiration from the imagery made possible by GIS technology. Artwork can include, for example, satellite imagery, aerial photography, infrared data and other map features gathered from around the world. Entries will go on display in Wells Library during the event, and later in The Herron School of Arts Library at IUPUI.
Excerpted from the Town of Westfield "The GIS Quarterly Legend"
GIS Web Server The GIS Web Server began serving up GIS maps and data this past summer and provides interactive web mapping capabilities. Currently, there are five maps available for consumption:
1. Town of Westfield 2. Washington Township Zoning 3. Parks and Trails 4. WPWD Utility Infrastructure 5. Project Tracking
The GIS Server allows for data sets that are used in a map to be identified and queried without the need for a GIS software program. The datasets reside on the GIS server. As they are updated, the changes are reflected in the maps. The only software requirement is an Internet browser window. You can access these maps and many more in the future at our Westfield GIS homepage http://www.westfield.in.gov/gis Here you can find the following link that can be activated with a simple click of the computer mouse
The Johnson County GIS Website (www.co.johnson.in.us/gis.htm) has been updated. On the left side of the page are links to maps and relevant information.
The Schneider Corporation has begun work on the E911 Data Compilation and Field Verification project. The following items will be competed:
1. Field verify 12,000 residential (single and multifamily), commercial, and industrial properties.
2. Update road centerline address ranges.
3. Realign road centerlines so they run down the center of the right-of-way.
4. Reconcile field collection data with the databases used by 9-1-1 dispatch, Master Street
Address Guide (MSAG) and Automatic Locator Index (ALI).
5. Integrate the updated addresses and road centerlines into the 9-1-1 dispatch software (Spillman CAD).
Fire fighters from all eleven (11) Johnson County fire districts were able to offset over $150,000 in costs by field verifying approximately 40,000 addresses in 120 out of 320 one-mile sections.
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