URISA announced the winners of the 2013 Exemplary Systems in Government Awards, which recognize exceptional achievement in the application of information technology that have improved the quality of government services.

Exemplary System winners were the Geospatial Emergency Management (GEM) Project in Calgary, Alberta, and the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) Process by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Calgary’s GEM Project won in the Enterprise Systems Category, which recognizes outstanding, working examples of the use of information systems technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process.

Liz Findlay and Nancy Merritt spearheaded the GEM Project, which provided a common operating picture for the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA). Implemented with a strategic, phased-in approach, the project supports a population of more than 1 million and a city with more than 14,000 employees. The system connects with many outside-agency data sources, and the project successful brings together multiple businesses together to achieve a common goal, according to URISA. In addition, user testimonials show the project has led to better data and tools for emergency responders while also increasing cost savings and improving efficiencies for CEMA and the city of Calgary.

Georgia’s TIA Process won in the Single Process Systems Category, which recognizes outstanding, working examples of the application of information system technology to automate a single process or operation involving one department of sub-unit of an agency. Under the leadership of Jane H. Smith, the state transportation data administrator for the Georgia Department of Transportation, the TIA Process serves state agencies, 159 counties and more than 500 cities by providing a single, accurate road database covering the entire state. The system works with local government agencies to focus on integration methods and quality controls, and it has increased efficiency and improved communication, according to URISA.

URISA also recognized distinguished systems in each category.

Distinguished Systems in the Enterprise Systems Category

  • Department of Homeland Security Common Operational Picture (DHS COP), David Alexander, Director, Geospatial Management Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
  • Department of Homeland Security Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII), David Alexander, Director, Geospatial Management Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
  • National Capital Region Geospatial Data Exchange, Robert Horne, GIS Committee Chair, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, DC

Distinguished Systems in the Single Process Systems Category

  •  “Show Me My House” for Snow Ordinance Searches (Des Moines, Iowa) Anna Whipple, GISP, GIS Manager, City of Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa

URISA will honor the recognized systems during the Awards Breakfast at GIS-Pro 2013: URISA's 51st Annual Conference in Providence, R.I.