URISA Exemplary Systems in Government Award Recipients Announced

by | Aug 21, 2014

Des Plaines, Ill., Aug. 13, 2014”URISA Is pleased to announce the recipients of 2014 Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards. Since 1980, URISA’s ESIG Awards have recognized extraordinary achievements in the use of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. The award competition is open to all public agencies at the federal, state/provincial, regional and local levels. Applications were submitted within Enterprise and Single Process System categories.

ENTERPRISE SYSTEM CATEGORY– Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of using information systems technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process. These systems exemplify effective use of technology yielding widespread improvements in the process(es) and/or service(s) involved and/or cost savings to the organization.

The 2014 Enterprise System Category Winner is New Hampshire Mosaic Parcel Map submitted by Stephan Hamilton, Director, Municipal & Property Division, of the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration and David Salzer, Director of Projects and Patrick Santoso, Director of Operations at the Technology Transfer Center, University of New Hampshire.

Summary: The New Hampshire Mosaic Parcel Map system is a state of the art integration of parcel boundaries, attributes from the Assessor's Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) systems, feeds from Register of Deeds, Real Estate Transfer tax and forms and 2014 Municipal budget and appropriations data.  The system is based on a successful feasibility study integrating parcel boundaries and attributes form Assessor CAMA systems from 18 municipalities. The system is integral to the operations of taxing jurisdictions, the Department of Revenue, many state agencies, municipalities and regional planning commissions.  User testimonials mention that time savings and efficiencies have been significant and deadlines are being met with up to a 25% reduction in staff.  Considering the scope of this system, the needs it addresses and its very successful implementation, the New Hampshire Mosaic Atlas is the 2014 Enterprise ESIG Award winner.

Distinguished Systems recognized in the Enterprise System Category include:

  • RECOVER: Rehabilitation Capability Convergence of Ecosystem Recovery Project¨Submitted by:  Keith T. Weber, GISP, GIS Director, Idaho State University
  • Building an Enterprise GIS for the Newest City in Georgia ¨Submitted by: Mike Edelson, Senior GIS Analyst, City of Brookhaven, Georgia

SINGLE PROCESS SYSTEM CATEGORY– Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of applying information system technology to automate a specific SINGLE process or operation involving one department or sub-unit of an agency. The system application results in extended and/or improved government services that are more efficient and/or save money.

The 2014 Single System Category Winner is NCHHSTP Atlas, submitted by Kim Elmore,  Co-Lead of the NCHHSTP Atlas, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.

Summary: In support of the Data.gov initiative and motivated by the need to bring together data on a variety of diseases traced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) Atlas was developed.  The primary key to the success of the NCHHSTP Atlas is the ability of a user to interactively access data sets that in the past could only be accessed one at a time through individual web sites, in one location, creating maps, charts and tables.  The system provides a very robust set of queries and views of data made available on the internet for public use with an eye to providing cost effective disease surveillance and intervention.  Considering the size of this project and how many users it has benefited, the NCHHSTP Altas is the 2014 Single Process ESIG Award winner.

Distinguished Systems recognized in the Single Process System Category include:

  • MapGeo

Submitted by: Sara Siskavich, GISP, GIS Manager, Nashua Regional Planning Commission

  • Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair Tracking Application

Submitted by: Ian Dunn, Software Specialist, City of Perrysburg, Ohio

  • Data Extraction Tool

Submitted by: Wilfred Batke, Mapping Technologist, City of Richmond, British Columbia

  • ZoneSJ Map Viewer

Submitted by: Yves Leger, M.Sc., GISP, GIS Manager, City of Saint John, New Brunswick

  • CropScape

Submitted by: Zhengwei Yang, Ph.D., IT Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture and Weiguo Han, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems, George Mason University

The accomplishments will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at GIS-Pro 2014: URISA's 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, September 8-11. The winning systems in each category will be discussed in a featured hour-long session during the conference and most of the other systems will be presented during the luncheon presentation session, allowing attendees ample time to learn more. In addition, each system will be highlighted in an upcoming URISA webinar series. . To review the winning submissions for this year's ESIG Awards, visit http://www.urisa.org/awards/exemplary-systems-in-government/. For details about GIS-Pro 2014, visit www.gis-pro.org.


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