Mapping government IT

by / April 22, 2003
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said the Sex Crimes Analysis Network (SCAN) is operational and will soon be accessible by law enforcement statewide. SCAN is the result of Arizona linking its database of sexual assault and other related crimes to the FBI's Violent Crime Apprehension Program.

A proposal from Miami-Dade County's teacher's union suggested Florida convert 1,680 computer labs to classrooms, and buy 644,000 laptops for all high-school students and teachers to help the state meet a class-size amendment approved by voters. The proposal estimates the conversion would be cheaper than building classrooms. -- Orlando Sentinel

The Hawaii Forestry and Community Initiatives is using volunteers and GPS to map homes along the rural Hamakua Coast. Such housing doesn't show up on government tax records or maps, and officials worry about the homes being threatened by lava flows, fires or other emergencies. -- The Honolulu Advertiser

Wireless telecommunications companies and local governments in Kansas have compromised on funding 911 services for cellular phone users, who will pay 75 cents monthly for the services. Local governments and the companies will get a share of the fee-revenue to offset 911 costs. The state will give grants to counties that can't afford the new 911 equipment. -- The Kansas City Star

A Web-based special-education records management system is now available to South Dakota public schools. It allows teachers and administrators to store individualized education program forms, team member information and other essential student information.

Leaders in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee finalized plans in late February for the nonprofit Technology Resources Foundation, which will support those states' high-tech entrepreneurs to encourage a regional approach to knowledge-based industry development. The foundation will provide capital and management expertise.

George Washington University's Virginia campus will create a first responder training center with federal funding. The university, along with George Mason University and Shenandoah University, will establish the Response to Emergencies and Disasters Institute (READI) to train firefighters, EMS personnel, law enforcement officers and health-care providers.

The Seattle Public Library recently introduced "Live Help," an online reference service provided by the Seattle Public Library, University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries and King County Law Library. Patrons can use Live Help to communicate in real time with a library staff member, who can show them how to find information using the library's electronic resources and the Internet.

Three Wisconsin cities -- Fitchburg, Sun Prairie and Middleton -- approved a new data system that allows the cities' police departments immediate access to each other's records and reports, as well as instant connection to the Dane County Sheriff's Office database. The three cities hope other municipalities will link to the system. -- The Capital Times
Shane Peterson Associate Editor