The 8th Annual Maps on the Hill event, supported by the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) and AGRC, will be held on March 7, 2019 from 9:00 am to noon (setup begins at 8:00 am). This event is an excellent opportunity for students and professionals to share maps, mapping tools, and mapping projects with elected officials, fellow practitioners, and the public.
Who should participate: Individuals: Anybody who makes a map through their work or education.
Organizations: An organization that has worked on multiple mapping projects.
Display Types: You can present hardcopy maps, interactive digital maps (you’ll need to provide a means to show it on a computer or monitor), or both. UGIC can provide electrical outlets (extension cords), tables, and easels, although bringing your own easel is encouraged, if possible. You can request these items on the registration form. We can direct you to an inexpensive resource for printing and mounting your map on a foamboard if you don’t have the tools to do it yourself.
The focus of the event is interesting maps or map technology projects that are applicable to a wide audience. While displays can be on any appropriate topic, presentations that may be of interest to decision makers are strongly encouraged. Marketing of specific products and services is discouraged.
Questions? Contact UGIC firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new 2018 high-resolution Google imagery (6” pixels) is available through AGRC’s Discover server1! Updated areas (map below) include what Google calls the “Salt Lake and Logan blocks,” which make up most of the Wasatch Front urban area (i.e., Brigham City, Weber County, Davis County, Salt Lake County, and Utah County). The Salt Lake block was flown 9/11/2018 and the Logan block was flown 9/15/2018. Read more here.
In an effort to ultimately consolidate and organize as much State GIS data as possible, AGRC has been gathering information about SGID data layers managed by AGRC, and we are now reaching out to state agencies to collaborate about agency-specific data layers. Read on to get the full scoop on this effort. Read more here.
A travel shed is the set of all the destinations that can be reached from a location within a specified time budget. Travel sheds are valuable both for visualizing and analyzing residents’ access to key services, but also for defining service areas for businesses and other service provider locations, such as schools, transit stations, hospitals, and fire stations.
Geographic information systems (GIS) software can compute and display travel sheds using a set of techniques called network analysis. We’re all somewhat familiar with the power of network analysis as, behind the scenes, it’s what makes the basic navigation apps on our phones work. And, of course, network analysis algorithms are completely dependent on having high-quality GIS data, which forms a digital model of the real world travel “network.”
You can view the new 2019-2022 Strategic Plan here.
The 2019–2022 Strategic Plan for the Department of Technology Services (DTS) provides strategic goals and direction to the state’s technology community about how DTS will continue to be a strategic, secure, responsive, and innovative information technology (IT) partner organization. In addition, the strategic plan will help government leaders evaluate and prioritize the technology innovations that could enable them to achieve their business and service delivery objectives. Each agency should carefully consider how the strategic goals outlined in this plan align with agency objectives. The plan presents technology trends that DTS leaders identified as relevant and describes how these trends will affect the direction for IT management statewide.
Technology allows agencies to perform more efficiently and fulfill citizen needs, and it will continue to provide a vehicle for innovative solutions. DTS must ensure that IT initiatives align with agency priorities, both now and in the future. And to meet the needs of the mobile citizenry, DTS and agencies must also work together to adapt planning and governance processes to the emerging world of 24/7 access to government. Utah is well poised to meet the goals in this plan.
Utah Code 63F-1-203 explicitly requires the chief information officer (CIO) to prepare an executive branch strategic plan that addresses:
- The interchange of information among executive branch agencies
- Priorities for the development and implementation of IT and systems
- Coordination among agencies in the development and maintenance of IT and systems;
- Protection of the privacy of individuals who use State systems
- Maximizing the use of existing State IT resources
DTS must also ensure that cost-effective, efficient information and communication systems and resources are being used by agencies to reduce data, hardware, and software redundancy (Utah Code 63F-1-104).
Accordingly, this document aligns the following Core Strategic Objectives for 2019–2022 with the requirements of the Utah Code. These goals are meant to support state agency business objectives, support the governor’s goals, support the goals of DTS, and help define metrics by which DTS can measure progress.
Check out the DTS Procurement Newsletter December 2018 for general information on procurement and telecom orders.
The 2019 Security Awareness Training is now available on the Security Awareness – 2019 page.
DTS has added two new product descriptions, which are services currently being offered to customer agencies.
Enterprise monitoring is an application used to verify that hardware devices (e.g., servers switches, netops, UPS, etc.) and software products, applications, and services provided by the State of Utah are working correctly and are available. It is also used to gather information about the above items for the purpose of reporting statistics and providing context for troubleshooting.
Enterprise Backups is a system that backs up virtual servers in the VMware environment and/or physical servers using an agent. Whole servers can be recovered using the VMware snapshot backups, or individual files and folders can be restored. A copy of each backup is sent to on-site cloud storage, and files older than thirty days are on cloud storage only.
We have updated the DTS Products/Services and Exceptions list. The list shows items that agencies must purchase through DTS, and items that do not need DTS approval for purchase.
DTS is participating in a State Teleworking Initiative, which is meant to reduce facility costs, increase employee retention, improve air quality, and provide additional work opportunities in rural Utah. A pilot project is currently underway at the Capitol State Office Building. You can see more info here.
In addition DTS has developed a Digital Workplace and Mobility Reference Guide. See it here. Historically, the traditional office work environment has been device and/or location centric in its implementation. With the onset of virtualization and cloud technologies, however, the traditional office workspace is undergoing a paradigm shift from a location-centric computing model to a user-centric computing model. The State of Utah is in the front line of this shift, and at the Department of Technology Services (DTS) we are exploring digital workplace solutions in order to assist State agencies that want to make this transition.
This guide first explores the current workspace environment and then discusses the three digital workplace options under consideration by the State: work from home, mobile work, and free address/hotelling. This document also lists several tools, including communication/collaboration tools like Gmail, file-sharing tools like Google Drive, and screen sharing tools like Bomgar, that agencies can use to ensure a smooth transition to digital workplaces and make the most of those alternatives once a transition is made.
In addition to presenting various tools for agencies, this document also provides the Department’s response to questions that agencies may have as they learn about digital workplaces. Several areas of potential concern are addressed, including questions about security, phones, and computer issues. Overall, this document is meant to provide a high-level summary of the topic of digital workplace solutions for State of Utah executive branch agencies. Additional, more detailed, information will be provided as needed.