April 23, 2009 By Andy Opsahl
A newly relaunched GIS tool called NYCityMap2.0 is bursting with souped-up mapping features for the citizens of New York, N.Y. Accessible on the city's Web site, NYCityMap2.0 offers information about the city's capital construction projects and the addresses, hours of operation, services offered and language access capabilities of walk-in service centers for various city agencies across the five boroughs. Added application functionality includes search history, distance measuring, and users' ability to save and export their maps.
The New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT), which deployed the project, said the new functions enhanced features on the prior version of the site, like aerial photos of the city, building and property information, poll site locations, census data, neighborhood health profiles and statistics, restaurant inspection information, locations of educational facilities and transportation hubs.
"It's one of our most heavily used applications. We got a lot of requests for enhancements," said Colin Reilly, director of citywide GIS for DoITT.
The agency rewrote the application with a reusable framework, which the city now uses for other interactive mapping applications. An example is a map it developed for a mayoral program called the Street Conditions Observation Unit (SCOUT). SCOUT vehicles search the city for blights to be repaired before they're reported.
"We have a mapping application that shows the coverage area of the SCOUT vehicles, as well as the incidents that are found," Reilly explained.
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