January 13, 2012 4 Comments
We at GISi have been very happy with our client successes using GISi HealthCheck and GISi ArcGIS 4 Local Government (AG4LG) jumpstart toolkit. Most recently, the GISi & the City of Southfield, MI GIS group has been working diligently to implement Esri’s AG4LG information model into the City’s existing Enterprise GIS infrastructure. The City has adopted the newly released common information model, core GIS tools, templates, and applications to help the City improve operations and communicate more effectively with the public while saving both time and money.
We are very excited that Southfield has joined our client, Effingham County, GA, to become one of the first communities in the country to truly embrace the new information model, applications and services being provided by GISi & Esri. The work GISi and the City have been doing in the AG4LG space has already generated a wealth of positive word of mouth throughout the region.
The City of Southfield GIS group has deployed the apps and maps gallery template: Destination Southfield and three applications; “GISi Silverlight Template Viewer”, “Polling Places”, “Parks & Rec Finder” and the City plans to have many more apps added in the coming months.
The GISi Silverlight Template Viewer application provides a wealth of geospatial information to its residential and business community, supporting public service delivery 24/7. The City and GISi migrated its current WebADF application to the ArcGIS Server 10 platform using Microsoft Silverlight™ version 4. Resources like the City’s Internet Mapping Portal reflect the type of investments Southfield is making to ensure a vibrant business climate exists. This site helps promote the growth of existing business and attract new investments into the city while providing vital information to its citizens. Residents and nonresidents alike are able to view property ownership, zoning, voting districts, refuse and recycling information and many more commonly used data layers.
The Election Polling Places application helps citizens locate their election polling place and obtain information about current elected officials. This application is typically used by citizens during an election season, but can be used throughout the year to determine which elected official represents the precinct they reside in. To locate a polling place, simply click on the map or enter an address in the search box. The polling place and respective voting precinct will then be highlighted on the map and relevant information about the polling place and elected officials will be presented in two tabs at the bottom of the application. The application will also provide directions from the searched address to the associated polling place location.
The Park and Recreation Finder application helps residents locate a park and obtain information about recreation activities in their community. This application is typically used by residents in a community, but can be used by visitors to locate a park or recreation area near them, or one that offers the activity they are interested in. To locate a park, simply enter an address or activity in the search box. The park(s) or recreation area(s) will then be highlighted on the map and relevant information about available recreation activities are presented to the user.
The City now plans to release new applications on a consistent basis over the upcoming months. Sally Price feels the release of these applications will offer significant value to both City of Southfield staff as well as its citizens. The City is using the GISi HealthCheck prescription to guide these future apps.
I would like to thank everyone at Esri who made this implementation possible through education and commitment to the success of our clients, to the GISi staff (Steve Gogola, Sean Savage & Christopher Fricke) and Sally Price email@example.com.
GISi will soon be deploying AG4LG apps to ArcGIS online, visit: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=881d4967817241db818795135a12ab09
For more information on the GIS HealthCheck, visit http://www.GISHealthCheck.com
For more information on AG4LG, visit: http://resources.arcgis.com/content/local-government/about
For a link to Destination Southfield, visit: http://maps.cityofsouthfield.com/destinationsouthfield/
For more information on Elections Polling Place Template, visit: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=14290c7441b34ea984ad9310f4cf6435 and try it live: http://maps.cityofsouthfield.com/Apps/Elections/PollingPlaces/
For more information on the Park and Recreation Finder Template, visit: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=734512384d3b4b849aba2db0e33a80f2 and try it live: http://maps.cityofsouthfield.com/Apps/Recreation/ParkFinder/