Mapping government IT

by / June 27, 2003
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said EDS is donating design software to schools and colleges throughout the state. The governor said the donation will help the state reach its goal of providing students with a world-class education. EDS also will provide free training for teachers at its Huntsville office. -- USA Today

The Eastern Cougar Network, based in Newton, Conn., created a Web site to keep tabs on cougars roaming throughout the East. The site helps cash-strapped state wildlife agencies keep their eyes on cougars, and separate false sightings from real ones. -- The Hartford Courant

The Florida State Technology Office worked with AT&T to conduct an "ethical hacking" training in late April. The training used a realistic simulated network environment with structured techniques and security tools to help agencies determine network vulnerabilities. It also taught network professionals how to identify an intruder after an intrusion happens.

Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton signed legislation to enhance access to mine mapping data and eliminate restrictions on releasing information about active mines. Digital mapping technology will be used to provide data on coal mines and gas and oil wells to government and public users. The data will be used for environmental protection, developing land-use policies, and protecting human health and safety.

Gov. James McGreevey has unveiled the New Jersey Cancer Trial Connect, a website that allows cancer patients to enter information about their diagnosis and treatment history. The system searches its database to find a clinical trial match. Patients are notified electronically when new clinical trials become available.

The University of New Mexico is testing the Client Referral, Ridership and Financial Tracking (CRRAFT) System, which was developed by the university's ATR Institute. CRRAFT is a Web-based system that allows transit systems in small and medium-sized communities to log onto a network and view or enter data to streamline operations such as client scheduling, planning or updating routes, and recording or tracking vehicle use.

Tennessee officials said the state's E-911 system is operating in 53 counties and will be online statewide by the end of the year, which makes Tennessee second only to Rhode Island in setting up the system to reach as many counties as possible. -- USA Today

Residents in one Seattle neighborhood use e-mail to share notices on suspicious vehicles, burglaries and strangers hanging around. Officials said the idea follows one in the nearby community of Medina, Wash., where the police chief keeps residents up to date on crimes and public safety with his "Community E-Lert" system. -- USA Today

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Wisconsin is using ground-penetrating radar to find lost graves at a century-old rural cemetery. The tribe found 30 unmarked graves when it used the technology last fall at Red Springs Cemetery in rural Shawano County. -- USA Today
Shane Peterson Associate Editor