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Public Technology Institute (PTI) GIS Award Winners

PTI is a wonderful organization that provides access to “best practices” for technology and GIS.  This is well highlighted by their GIS solutions award winners.  Most of these applications solve needs in any other jurisdiction out there.  One of the key drivers of collaboration within GIS is that most counties and cities use GIS for similar business flows.

I highly recommend reviewing this list to see if there are any applications that you are thinking about developing.  For example, LA County has its CAMS (Countywide Address Management System) – it performs the same function as the Boston Application listed below.  We in the County shouldn’t reinvent a wheel already created – I’d prefer to leverage the work these jurisdictions have already done!

Link the page (and the full description of each of the award winners):

Here is the list:

  • Raleigh, NC: Implementing an Enterprise Land Records Portal:
  • Scottsdale, AZ: Integrated Utility Mapping System:
  • Fort Worth, TX: GIS Historic Aerial Imagery Tool
  • Boston, MA: Street and Address Management:
  • Fort Worth, TX : GIS Pedestrian Needs Index for Sidewalk Requests
  • Guilford County, NC: Developing Parcel Map Quality Metrics
  • Mesa, AZ: GIS Interactive Mapping
  • Philadelphia, PA: Optimizing Traffic Signal LED Installation Using Mobile GIS Technology
  • Miami-Dade County, FL: GIS Layer Verification Process


2 comments to Public Technology Institute (PTI) GIS Award Winners

  • kbennett

    By the way, it would be great to get more information about the SAM system design and architecture.

  • kbennett

    The CAMS project formally kicked off in 2005 and at that time I believe we had determined that there was no system out there available for purchase, licensing, or otherwise acquisition that would meet our needs, which is why we argued for internal development using CIO funds. I tried to find information on when the City of Boston SAM system was developed but could not find anything on Google or the City of Boston website. Given that it just recently received this award, I would be willing to bet their system post-dates CAMS or at best was contemporaneous, so it might have been better to say that the City of Boston should have contacted Los Angeles County to use our system instead of vice versa. Nevertheless, your point is well-taken, and whenever we can get past Hold Harmless Agreements and other types of legal hurdles between independent government jurisdictions, I think it’s a great idea for governments to share their solutions as it has the potential to save taxpayer money.

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