2013 URISA ESIG Awards Announced

URISA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 URISA Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards. Since 1980, URISA’s ESIG Awards have recognized exceptional achievements in the application of information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services.

Enterprise Systems Category

This category recognizes outstanding use of information systems technology in a multidepartment environment as part of an integrated process.

Exemplary System

The GEM Project: Bringing Information to the Emergency Operations Centre (City of Calgary)—Liz Findlay, GEM project sponsor and manager, and Nancy Merritt, geospatial consultant and GEM project adviser, Geospatial Business Solutions Division, Corporate Services, City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Using a strategic implementation in a phased approach, the GEM project supports a population of more than one million and a city with more than 14,000 employees.

Distinguished Systems

Single Process System Category

This category recognizes outstanding application of information system technology to automate a specific singleprocess or operation involving one department or subunit of an agency.

Exemplary System

The Transportation Investment Act Process: Georgia Department of Transportation—Jane H. Smith, State Transportation Data Administrator, Georgia Department of Transportation, Chamblee, Georgia: Serving state agencies, 159 counties, and more than 500 cities, the process provides a single, accurate, and up-to-date road database (55,000 miles of road centerline) covering the entire state.

Distinguished System

“Show Me My House” for Snow Ordinance Searches (Des Moines, Iowa)—Anna Whipple, GISP, GIS manager, City of Des Moines, Iowa.

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