State Chief Information Officer Awarded $1.3 Million in Federal Funds for Innovative Digital Mapping Technology Effort 

State Technology Update - December 19, 2008

Chief Information Officer Teri Takai today announced that the Office of the State CIO has been awarded a $1.3 million federal homeland security grant to enhance the State’s digital mapping systems – commonly referred to as Geospatial Information Systems. The technology is a digital mapping interface that has the potential to greatly advance government services, security and emergency response.  The federal grant, part of a larger U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant package, is administered by the California Office of Homeland Security.

“This grant funding will allow the State to enhance the use of digital mapping systems which will revolutionize the way we protect and deliver services to Californians,” said Teri Takai, California Chief Information Officer.   “By sharing data, working toward common platforms and leveraging resources across the state, we will build a tremendous asset for the people of California.”

Similar to commercially available applications such as Google Maps or Microsoft Virtual Earth, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) allow users to access mapping resources, layered with data, to navigate in an environment where they can visualize scenarios in innovative ways. 

Governor Schwarzenegger this year called for the creation of a GIS task force to develop a statewide strategy to enhance the technology for environmental protection, natural resource management, traffic flow, emergency preparedness and response, land use planning and health and human services.  The task force issued a report to the Governor recommending, among other things, that the State should have a single office to oversee and coordinate its use of this technology.

The State has numerous GIS applications deployed today by more than 20 different agencies. Some examples include:

California School Finder

Office of Emergency Services - Interactive Map of Fires in California

Resources Agency - California Environmental Resources Evaluation System

CAL FIRE - Fire and Resource Assessment Program

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development - Healthcare Atlas

Department of Fish and Game - Biogeographic Data Branch GIS Unit

California Broadband Task Force Report - Report on broadband penetration

California Department of Transportation - Live Traffic Information

Department of Motor Vehicles - Field Office Locator Map

Air Resources Board - Community Health Air Pollution Information System

California Geological Survey - Seismic Shaking Hazards in California

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Media Contact:  Bill Maile (916) 549-2845