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District of Columbia Honored for Exceptional Use of Geospatial Technology at the 39th Esri User Conference in San Diego, C

Monday, July 8, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday July 8, 2019

 

CONTACT:

Michael Rupert, (OCTO) – (202) 724-5178; [email protected]

Nina Liggett, (OCTO) – (202) 724-6548; [email protected]

 

 

District of Columbia Honored for Exceptional Use of Geospatial Technology at the 39th Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA

 

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The District of Columbia Government was recognized Monday with the Enterprise GIS Award for the District’s use of geographic information systems (GIS), and for creating a leading model for governments and businesses throughout the world. Esri, the global leader in GIS, announced the recipients of the prestigious President’s Award and Enterprise GIS Award at the 39th Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA.

“With GIS, and the availability of open data, DC Government is creating opportunities for everyone, from government agencies to community organizations, to identify innovative ideas addressing some of the District’s biggest challenges,” said Lindsey Parker, DC’s Chief Technology Officer. “Together we must work to convert data insights into solutions that benefit all of DC.”

Through a central GIS/IT infrastructure, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) coordinates an enterprise GIS, offering more than 1200 datasets in its open data portal to share necessary information across departments. Open Data DC is a central portal for maps, apps, and data as well as a secure Public Safety portal for emergency management, police, and fire department applications.

“OCTO’s role is to make the technology easy to acquire, to provide foundational data, and to make it open and available to share,” said Barney Krucoff, Chief Data Officer, in his acceptance speech at the Esri User Conference Monday. “We are proud to have equipped and trained thousands of city workers. We are proud of our data and treat it as a key city asset. And we are proud to have opened datasets and helped engage our residents.”

Here are a few examples of how District agencies have used Esri to build tools that tell the story of DC:
 

  • HistoryQuest - The Office of Planning shares historical data on approximately 127,000 buildings in Washington, D.C.
  • mayor.dc.gov - A 'by the numbers' collection that samples the District's open government data, interactive web apps and data analytic visualizations. The Executive Office of the Mayor invites you to preview or download the data, jump into government apps, create your own and share in our progress for DC's highest initiatives.
  • Fight the Bite - During the annual mosquito season in Washington, usually from April – October, DC Health works to protect DC by deploy surveillance and mitigation methods to control the mosquito population in the District. View this story map for lab results, analysis methods and an understanding of mosquitoes in DC.
  • DC from Above - DC collects publicly available aerial imagery and lidar for a variety of uses including web based visualizations and to create derivative data such as buildings, roads and elevation models. View this hub site to find multiple years of elevation and imagery data that meet District agency, and public, demands to know exactly how DC urban landscape changes over time.
  • Urban Wood Reuse - The District Department of Transportation Urban Forestry Division (UFD) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will provide DCPS and public charter schools with wood products to improve school grounds at no cost. This initiative amplifies the zero waste DC initiative. View this initiative site that give our street trees a second chance and connect DC students to the benefits of natural resources.

“This year’s awardees are demonstrating how GIS can be a key tool for governments to build safer, smarter, and more engaged communities,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. “Whether it’s a project to detect and solve health challenges in the homeless population or creating open data portals to foster citizen engagement, these organizations have shown the good that geospatial technology can be put to in the civic sphere.”

 

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, offers the most powerful geospatial cloud available, to help customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties (large and small), and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the U.S., as well as all 15 Executive Departments of the U.S. Government and dozens of independent agencies.