Lunch Hour Reading

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

Bayfield 4th of July MapThe Bayfield County Land Records Department is helping residents located 4th of July fireworks displays with this festive map.

Bayfield County Land Records Department often distributes maps that illustrate big events occurring in the county.


Parting thoughts from Curtis Pulford, Wisconsin Geographic Information Officer –  State Cartographer Howard Veregin poses a few questions to our outgoing GIO.

Marshfield Clinic, UW-Stevens Point collaborate on mammogram research​ – Missed mammograms represent missed opportunities for early breast cancer diagnosis, a study involving Marshfield Clinic and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center showed.

Allegan County, Michigan allows free public access to digital mapping and GIS –  The Allegan County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution doing away with fees for Geographical Information Services data. “There has been a growing debate among GIS professionals about the merits of charging fees for access to GIS data and a consensus is emerging that aside from generating very nominal revenue, protecting GIS data through fees is likely doing more harm than good,” the memo said.  Allegan County, Michigan is due east of Kenosha on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

MetroGIS Counties Support Free and Open Public Data – MetroGIS is a voluntary collaboration of organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area that use GIS. In 2014, the MetroGIS counties adopted free and open GIS data resolutions. MetroGIS did extensive research on the subject culminating in a 75 page report (PDF). They also have a handy 1 page summary sheet.

How to Make Government Data Sites Better – If we’re going to freely distribute data we should put some thought into how to best do so. This blog post gives you a good starting point. Also, check out this open data playbook created by Code for America.

GOV’T MOVES TO BAN DRONES IN 400 NATIONAL PARKS – The National Park Service is taking steps to ban UAVs from public lands and waterways, saying they annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.

The Promise of Open Trail Data – The specification for the Open Trails standard is now complete (if you really want to nerd out, see it here) and Code for America is already working with parks and other interested parties to start collecting data and building out applications.

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