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URISA's 2004 ESIG Winners Announced 9.29.04

September 29, 2004
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URISA's ESIG (Exemplary Systems in Government) Committee has selected the winners of its 2004 contest to honor application of information technology that has improved the delivery and quality of government services.

URISA's ESIG (Exemplary Systems in Government) Committee had quite a review process to manage this year. Fourteen applications were submitted in the Single Process category and twenty-seven were submitted in the Enterprise Systems category. The awards recognize exceptional achievements in the application of information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. This year, for the first time, more than one winner will be recognized in each category to acknowledge all exemplary systems.

SINGLE PROCESS WINNERS
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.

  • South Florida Water Management District - The Lake Okeechobee Stage-Area-Capacity Lookup Application Submitted by: Frank Chang, Ph.D., Senior Geographer, South Florida Water Management District The Lake Okeechobee Stage-Area-Capacity Lookup Application is exemplary because it takes a formerly very complex and difficult process that involved compiling information from various sources and creates a powerful user-friendly system to deliver the content to a wide variety of users. As a result, the South Florida Water Management District is able to provide water managers and the general public important resource information that would otherwise take several days to acquire.
  • Maryland Department of the Environment - Maryland Online Tier II Reporting System Submitted by: Santha Kurian, Database Manager, Maryland Department of the Environment Maryland Online Tier II Reporting System is exemplary because it is an outstanding example of how state agencies can automate reporting requirements to make more efficient government as well as improve access to vital information that is critical for local government use (i.e., first responders).

ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS WINNERS
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.

  • Victoria, Australia - Vicmap Topographic 1:30 000 Submitted by: George Mifsud, Mapping/GIS Analyst, Land Information Group Vicmap Topographic 1:30 000 was deemed exemplary because it has the big benefit of producing maps on demand for customers at very low cost, no matter where they reside, and who may be confident in the knowledge that the data being delivered is always the most up-to-date information available.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission - GIS Street Centerline Enhancement Project Submitted by: Twyla McDermott, City of Charlotte Office of Strategic Technology Planning GIS Street Centerline Enhancement Project used a consortium consensus to achieve workflow, reliability and efficiency for all participants. This helped to solve incompatibility issues, resulting in a consolidated dataset that was current and correct.
  • Sacramento County WebGIS Submitted by: Roger Exline, GIS Manager, Sacramento County Sacramento County WebGIS is exemplary because it created an enterprise GIS system to allow data sharing, system integration and regional collaboration. The System has improved work efficiency for county employees, and allowed for better decision-making and improved customer service for the residents.

ESIG Honorable Mentions
A number of submissions have been recognized by the ESIG Review Committee as honorable mentions. These include:

Single Process Systems Honorable Mentions:

  • Washoe County, NV - Washoe County Map Warehouse Submitted by: Thomas Lo, Ph.D., GIS Manager, Reno, NV
  • District of Columbia - Emergency Information Center Submitted by: Vicki DeFries, GIS Director, Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia - DC Guide Submitted by: Vicki DeFries, GIS Director, Washington, DC

Enterprise Systems Honorable Mentions:

  • City of Fitchburg, WI - Staff Analyst Submitted by Felipe Avila, City of Fitchburg (WI), Public Works
  • Jackson County, OR - Front Counter Application Submitted by: Keith Massie, GIS Manager, Jackson County (OR) GIS Services

A number of these projects will be presented during URISA's Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada (November 7-10, 2004).

Source: URISA, Sept. 28, 2004

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