Data Development Projects for 2013

Introduction to RegGSS

Objective: Create a one or two day class to on how to use RegGSS.

Justification: Currently, the GIS Unit provides demos of RegGSS but there is no formalized training. Considering that RegGSS system is used by most reviewers in Regulation a training class would be greatly beneficial.Introduction to RegGSS

Conservation Easements

Objective: Capture Missing Conservation Easements

Justification: Conservation Easements are used by Regulation when evaluating the issuance of permits. In the case of Land Management, Conservation Easements represent SFWMD property interests that must be itemized.

Note: There is a Flag in GENP which indicates that an application may potentially have a CE. Using this flag we know there are 1379 applications that may have CEs that have not been examined by the GIS Unit. False positives occur when a CE is deeded in one application and then subsequent applications continue to carry the CE Flag. Thus, the total number of applications should be about 25% less or around 1,000 On average an application will be composed of three or four CE polygons so an estimate of the missing population is around 4,000 polygons. CEs are entered using COGO which can be time consuming. Assuming 30 minutes per polygon it would take about 50 weeks for 1 FTE.Conservation Easements

Right-of-Way Permits

Objective: Capture Missing Right-of-Way Permits

Justification: The maintenance of ROW permits was taken over by Regulation in early 2012. Based on the number of records in the GIS compared to the records in GENP we are aware of 7,630 missing applications. Assuming 5 minutes per polygon it would take about 15 weeks for 1 FTE.

Historical Imagery

Objective: Create a baseline set of imagery circa 1970.

Justification: SFWMD began its regulatory permit program in the mid 1970s. There is a need for baseline imagery circa 1970 right before the District began issuing permits. The University of Florida has a collection of non-georeferenced imagery from the 1970s. This project would involve georeferencing these images.


Journalism in the Age of Data

In a world where zettabytes of data are being created each year professionals who can give meaning to this data through a compelling narrative are in high demand. Data visualization is slowly but surly assuming the artistic elements found in paintings, sculpture, and literature. It is becoming a new expressive language that makes the world more intelligible.

Journalism in the Age of Data is a video report by Geoff McGhee an online journalist specializing in multimedia and information graphics. In the videos he interviews professionals from different communication mediums like the New York Times, BBC News Online, Google, IBM, and others. These report on the importance of the fusion between traditional journalism and advances in data visualization.