The Boston Snow Journal was the Grand Prize winner of the Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest. It was also the 1st Prize winner in the Government category. The Snow Journal tells the story of how the City of Boston managed the record high snow accumulation this winter. It contains practical information for constituents, shows how the City rose to the challenge of plowing and removing snow and features human interest stories using maps, photos and videos.
The City of Boston, like most other cities of its size, struggles with the issue of addressing. Most City departments deal with addresses in some form in their daily business process, and maintain their own list of addresses leading to duplication and confusion when locating addresses referred to in multiple ways. SAM (Street and Address Management) was created by the City as a master repository for all addresses in the City. SAM is not just a master address database but also a collection of tools designed to manage and maintain the address data.
The GIS Data Hub was the winner in the Geospatial Information Systems category of Technology Solutions Awards from the Public Technologies Institute. The GIS Data Hub provides a resource for both City employees and residents to access maps, reports and charts using geographic data layers. The self-serve tool on the city's website, offers a more transparent tool for constituents.
The City of Boston Management and Information Services department was awarded for its significant achievement in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) at the 2009 ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) in San Diego, California.
City Officials Impress with Maps at 2011 ESRI Conference
At the 2011 ESRI International User Conference, representatives from the City of Boston demonstrated the City's use of GIS applications to attendees, highlighting how the applications are being used to engage citizens and improve the City's efficiency and effectiveness.