Mapping New York City from the Shelf

by David M. Litvin, Mayor's Office of Operations, New, York, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation II


Data processing and management information systems are a cornerstone of the operating environment and capabilities of New York City (NYC) agencies. One of the functions that make NYC's automated information and tracking systems so productive and useful is a system of software and data modules that can pinpoint a location to a street address, block front or intersection. This system, called GIS, for Geoprocessing Information System, was developed by the City's Department of City Planning (DCP). GIS allows agencies to coordinate and merge data bases and track compliants, permits, features and work orders by fixing these items to a particular address, lot, or block front. This system, though an indispensable part of City operations, lacks one feature. All output from GIS is text or coded information for use by application programs.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Mapping | Information management | Information systems | Systems management | Automation | Tracking | Computer software | New York City | New York | United States

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