Real World Results
"Hmmm, do I
call the Education Programs Office or the Human Services Department?"
Phoenix citizens looking for job training opportunities no longer
have to flip a coin to answer that kind of question, or bounce from
phone extension to phone extension. Using "Phoenix at Your Fingertips,"
a Web site organized with the end user, not the service provider,
in mind, they can get the information they want fast. Plus, Phoenix's
Geographic Information System combines geographic, census, infrastructure
and zoning data in a common database. It replaces thousands of physical
maps, covering 460 square miles of parcels, streets, sewer lines
and other data, with a desktop application that can overlay one
map with one or many others. Departments use the system for spatial
analysis, as well as planning and decision support. The city is
a leader in tailoring information to the needs of the end user.
It is also linking technologies to provide both internal and external
customers with better ways to measure performance and solve problems.
The 19 programs selected for Government Executive's 1998 Government
Technology Leadership Award are effective for government, consumers,
industry, and taxpayers. Access America Online Magazine salutes
Calls for Internet-based Registry of 100,000 Children in Foster
Care Waiting for Adoption
On November 24, President Clinton called for an Internet-based registry
of 100,000 children in foster care who are waiting for adoption.
He directed Donna Shalaha, Secretary of Health and Human Services,
to work with the states, the courts, and private agencies to deliver
a plan to him within 60 days. "To give those children the permanent
homes they need, to give our families the opportunity to give them
those homes, we must make technology a partner and propel the public
welfare system into the 21st century," the President said.
at Your Fingertips
Creates Innovative World Map
Using the expertise of the Cartographic Applications Lab at NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the National Geographic Society
now possesses a digital satellite image map of the world that can
be used in numerous ways to support stunning and exciting visualizations
for television, and regional and global maps for the National Geographic
Society's Mapping Division.
Trends on Geographic Information Systems
"Geospatial information and associated technologies are integrating
information in exciting, new ways and creating an information revolution,"
said Sally Matthews, Program Director at the General Services Administration's
Office of Intergovernmental Solutions. "Today's applications provide
maps in minutes, monitor crime in neighborhoods, aid communities
in recovering from disasters, integrate land records, and help states
maintain roads and bridges. "At the Federal level, more than 40
agencies are significantly involved in Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) activities. When you link to Matthews' article, you'll find
links to GIS developments over the globe. Just be sure to come back
to Access America Online Magazine.
In This Issue
100,000 Waiting Children
Phoenix at Your Fingertips
NASA'S World Map
Geographic Information Systems
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