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The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) announced the winners of its 2000 Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards. the awards recognize exceptional achievements in the application of information technology that has improved the delivery and quality of government services.
- Single Process Systems
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 subunit of an agency. The system application results in extended and/or improved government services that are more efficient and/or save money. The award winner is: Georgia GIS Data Clearinghouse. Tom Mettille, Manager, Atlanta, Ga. The Clearinghouse example fulfilled an overwhelming need for data planning, management and operation purposes, as well as for better access to government records. By making data more accessible, it reduced redundant data development efforts, and fostered cooperation among both public and private sector users of spatial data and technology.
- Enterprise Systems
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 award winner is: Pierce County (Washington) Responder System. Ed Reed, Manager, Emergency Operations, Pierce County, Tacoma, Wash. This system is an easy-to-use multimedia information resource available to diverse user group at a low cost. The system is an excellent example of the value of how integrating different kinds of data (maps, tabular information and raster imagery) can significantly improve how people work.