March 1, 2007 By News Report
"The mapping data currently being developed is critically needed for the long-range planning work that is necessary for rebuilding and renewing our Gulf Coast," said Trudy Fisher, executive director of MDEQ. "It will enable the public- and private-sector engineering, construction and economic development people to make wiser and faster decisions," she added. To that end, EarthData's all-digital mapping approach will enable an accelerated project turnaround with first products delivered to the state this spring and final products slated for the fall.
The mapping program is being funded by the Mississippi Development Authority with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It includes the coastal counties of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson, as well as the inland counties of Pearl River, Stone and George. Color orthoimagery will be developed at 1'-pixel resolution in rural areas and at 6"-pixel resolution in urban areas and the southern half of the coastal counties where damage and change was most extensive. The Mississippi Coordinating Council for Remote Sensing and GIS will make final mapping deliverables available to state and local government agencies and institutes of higher learning for maximum benefit.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.