provide access to data stores over the Net."
The Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) is active and expanding, said Trobia. It includes federal, state, local and private-sector representatives, and just grew to 33 members. "They created a homeland security committee, and we're looking at implementing multiple nodes between public safety, emergency response, transportation and state land department doing two levels of things. The first is to create the baseline framework data and infrastructure to have an enterprise GIS so we can have that in place to address state public safety and health and welfare issues which would lead toward critical infrastructure security and homeland defense."
The Illinois Department of Transportation has been innovative in using GIS, said State CIO Mary Barber Reynolds. The agency is incorporating GIS into winter weather alerts, tourism applications and other initiatives.
Reynolds said the transportation agency is beginning to use crash analysis and traffic counts as an aid for distributing resources based on critical needs. The information is used internally and externally.
The state also is creating a suite of electronic services for truckers.
"It's part of the CVISN [Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks] piece. We'll integrate it online and save them enormous amounts of time and energy," she said. "A unique set of state agencies is working together to assist the industry. Illinois is one of the largest trucking states in the country."
Kansas recently used GIS to present a $3.8 billion highway program to state lawmakers. Data, priorities and other factors were fed into the GIS system, said Kansas Chief Information Technology Architect Rick Miller. "The timeliness and the visual sense ... helped facilitate that process," he said. "You could sit there and look at spreadsheets till heck freezes over, and still not get a clear sense of the overall picture. That's the beauty of GIS."
Kelly Badenoch, assistant bureau chief of computer services, said GIS technology will be part of Kansas' 511 travel information system currently under development with North Dakota-based Meridian. "We're just getting started," she said. "It will bring information from road sensors, the National Weather Service, KanRoad [a road construction and detour reporting system] and from our maintenance people, and it will allow forecasts as you drive down the road. Now we have a 1-800 number that people can call and get roadway information, but I think the 511 system will replace that."
Kansas has had its GIS data clearinghouse on the Internet since 1994, and has a number of regional GIS activities under way as part of the state's participation in the MidAmerica GIS Consortium.
"Arizona uses an ASP model for school technology," said Craig Stender, Arizona CIO. Partners in the Cox Education Network are Cox Business Services, LearningStation, Ensynch, ASSET and BearingPoint. This is statewide, every K-12 school, including 250 software titles. "The implementation is about halfway done," said Stender. Students have 10MB of storage space where they keep copies of their work. The cost is around $8 per student.
"The Illinois Century Network has been a huge project to provide access to K-12 and higher education, but also for libraries, museums, state and local government, and hospitals," said state CIO Mary Barber Reynolds, adding that the network has encouraged cooperation among public organizations.
"For example, we're finding collaborations between a hospital and a K-12 school - the school can't afford to hire a nurse, so they use the hospital as a resource," she said.
Besides serving as Illinois' CIO, Reynolds is a local school board member and the mother of three children, so she has a strong interest in education and technology.
"In the mid-1980s, Illinois passed a school report card law. Teachers had