September 11, 2014 Portland, Oregon.
Contributed By: Justin Peters, UITS Indiana University

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries. Nottingham, The 2014 FOSS4G conference was hosted this week in Portland[ia], Oregon, USA.

We submitted IndianaMap in the open data category at foss4g map gallery competition this year, and IndianaMap won First Prize!

There were many great submissions, check them all out here: https://2014.foss4g.org/map-gallery/
September 3, 2013
The Notable Documents Panel of the American Library Association - Government Documents Roundtable

This panel recently selected IndianaMap.org as a Notable Government Document of 2012. The 2012 Notable Government Document list appeared in the June 1, 2013 issue of Library Journal and is available at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/06/publishing/notable-government-documents-of-2012/
The purpose of the Notable Government Document List is to recognize excellence in government publishing, identify resources of distinction, and commend individual works of superlative nature. For a publication to be included in this list, it must be nominated and successfully meet or surpass the following criteria:
1. Extent of lasting value
2. Extent of reference and bibliographic value
3. Extent to which the document expands knowledge or shows innovation
4. Extent to which the document furthers an understanding of government processes, functions, or agency mission
5. Extent to which the document contributes to enhancing the quality of life
6. Extent to which a document appeals to a broad audience
7. Extent to which the document is written in a lucid style comprehensible to non-specialists
8. Extent to which the title reflects actual contents and follows through on its thesis
9. Physical appearance, browsability, searchability, usability, and the frequency of updating

This recognition is thanks to Indiana's Geospatial Community through the the dedicated work of the Indiana Geological Survey, The Indiana Geographic Information Office, Indiana University - UITS, and all the members of the Indiana Geographic Information Council.

Congrats to all this year's Excellence in GIS Award winners!

Large Community
City of Hammond/Hammond Sanitary District: Google Maps API

County (tie)
Allen County Election Board: Voter Registration Application
Marshall County: Permitting Solutions

State or Federal
Indiana DNR, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology: SHAARD GIS

Business or Commercial
Indiana American Water: Mobile Utility Application

The City of Hammond wanted to leverage its extensive spatial library, compiled over more than 15 years, and stand-up an interactive WebMap. Being a department of two, with only ArcGIS licenses, no server technology, and a bare bones budget, the challenge seemed daunting.

The project began with a request from the Mayor to publish a precinct map with polling locations. Using only an ArcView license, internet connectivity and free Google technologies, GIS staff were able to design a simple map in a single afternoon. Seeing the potential of this free technology, staff spent a week learning it, and by July launched a fully functional, multi-layered interactive WebMap, dubbed HammondGIS. The map includes over 50 layers and is the only place on Gohammond.com where information from multiple city departments, schools and transit systems is brought together and presented on a single page. Using Fusion tables and the Google Maps API, more functionality was added, including the ability to take measurements, find addresses, create links to customized map views, and incorporate Google Traffic and Google Weather.

After approximately 200 work-hours and absolutely no capital investment, the City of Hammond has an interactive WebMap that rivals those produced commercially. First launched to give the public easy access to information, the site is also being used by City staff to streamline their work. Because it is based on Google Maps, people are comfortable with the interface and find it easy to navigate and access the spatial data. By giving Hammond a more user-friendly and professional way of presenting information, potential residents and businessmen are giving the city a second look and everyone is getting more out of the website.

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Congratulations to this year's Excellence in GIS Award winners! Learn more about these projects at www.igic.org/conference/awards.html

Large Community City of Fort Wayne
Enforcing Stormwater Quality

Small Community City of Crown Point
Recovering Tax Increment Financing Districts Revenues

County Government Lake County
Enterprise GIS

State and Federal Government (Tie)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of Water: Shoreline Regulation
Indiana Department of Transportation: Damage Billing

Education & Nonprofit Indiana University
Walking Routes Project

Business or Commercial Real Estate Data Exchange of Indiana (REDx)
Housing Activity Data
The 2010 Indiana Spatial Data Portal (ISDP) ArcGIS Server project addressed the challenge of creating, documenting, maintaining, and supporting ArcGIS Server web map services. These services provide the general public access to numerous 1998-2010 raster datasets provided by the ISDP’s Oracle geodatabase. UITS (University Information Technology Services) provides online access to terabytes of imagery via the ISDP, an IndianaMap asset. This project updated ArcIMS services by creating 22 web map services, and an Indiana image basemap cached service of the most recent orthophotography, transferring over 70 million image files from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. IU’s Intelligent Infrastructure hardware environment was selected as it provided substantial cost benefits, enhanced physical security, versatility, and reduced energy usage. These map services support both professional and nontraditional GIS clients through many GIS and web applications.

Read more about this project at www.igic.org/realworld/pubuits.html
Hamilton Southeastern Utilities, Inc. (HSE) wanted to integrate GIS, engineering, survey and inspection services. The goal was to automate the process, allowing for future growth and streamlining data submissions. The Utility created a GIS database of existing maps showing the locations and critical data associated with sewer pipes. Inspectors could then take a pre-populated inspection template into the field. Using pull-down menus to populate fields in the template helps prevent misinterpretation, and eliminates multiple steps of inserting inspection data into the GIS. The database automatically combines multiple survey steps that were previously performed manually, saving time, increasing productivity, and ensuring more accurate data collection.

Read more about this project at www.igic.org/realworld/govhse.html
The Town of Brownsburg lacked a GIS that could be used both internally by Town personnel as well as externally by the public. Existing CAD files, paper maps, and other data sources were converted to be used with existing external data sources. This helped officials better understand the relationships between land, resources, utilities, transportation, zoning, and other infrastructure and cadastral features. Brownsburg joined the towns of Avon and Plainfield in the Hendricks County Beacon(tm) portal, which aids with cost reductions in web hosting, data conversion, and data flow streamlining, while providing a portal for detailed infrastructure views and queries. The portal allows 24/7 access and enables the Town to view future developments, track new projects, and communicate new information to the public.

For the full story, visit www.igic.org/realworld/govbrownsburg.html
Leveraging the existing online interactive GIS map and map gallery, the City of Bloomington added a local address search application that provides residents additional information 24/7. When an address is entered, the portal shows:

• Google Map of the address
• Community profile including government jurisdiction, city council members, economic development and historic districts, and links to neighborhood associations
• Government services, such as trash pickup, recycling days, and parking permit zones
• Closest parks and Historic Preservation Sites
• Nearby road closings and map links to show the locations.

Both an online and smartphone-friendly versions of the portal have been released, and can be accessed at http://bloomington.in.gov/mybloomington

Read more about this project at www.igic.org/realworld/govbton.html
The Hoosier Helper Freeway Service Patrol is a program of the Indiana Department of Transportation. Hoosier Helpers provides assistance during highway accidents by clearing roadways, providing traffic control, and assisting motorists. The benefits of the program were known, but not quantified. Using GIS, a mechanism was developed to evaluate the program's effect on air quality, fuel savings, and traveler delay. The system included details like pollution levels, fuel and speed factors, and historic incidences, enabling users to create current and historical analyses. These analyses defensibly quantify the value of the program, and were used successfully in a bid for more than $1 million in Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding for Hoosier Helpers.

To read the full story, visit www.igic.org/realworld/govindothh.html