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Stories about state and local government using data and analytics capabilities to streamline operations, work more efficiently and provide public services as effectively as possible.

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark clearly propelled NCAA women’s basketball viewership. But what do past numbers teach us about future expectations — in both basketball and cyber metrics?
Info ranges from data-heavy spreadsheets showing complaints made to 311 and the rental registry status of Cleveland homes, to simpler map-based information showing the boundaries of neighborhoods.
Whale Safe North America, created by university researchers, builds on their original Whale Safe tool to look at all slow-speed ship zones in North American waters. It provides a scorecard for shipping companies, ship by ship.
The redesigned platform — believed to be the first of its kind at launch — enhances how residents, businesses and governments can access and view statewide land ownership data. Mobile performance and print functions are also improved.
The university’s new College of Connected Computing will employ new faculty and take a “computing for all” approach, with collaborative education and research in fields like AI and data science.
Jason Benshoof, Nevada’s first-ever state chief data officer, said teamwork among agencies will help keep data initiatives in line with community priorities. A state staffer since 2009, he was named CDO Feb. 12.
DC Compass, a new GenAI-based tool launched by the district in partnership with Esri, offers users answers to data-related questions. It is now available in a public beta version to improve its speed and accuracy.
Jason Benshoof, the former chief IT manager of the Client Services Unit in the Nevada Office of the CIO, will lead the state’s data governance efforts as CDO. A longtime Nevada executive, he will also develop and implement a statewide data plan.
The move, made during "Sunshine Week," could help suppliers learn more about contracting trends, and citizens to keep track of procurement trends. The launch comes amid a large procurement acquisition move.
The new 2023 Geospatial Maturity Assessment report from the National States Geographic Information Council evaluated 46 states and Washington, D.C. It highlights successes and disparities in GIS integration, and emphasizes collaboration.