Daniel Haverlah & Coleen Gentiles, City of Austin
• Why is transparency important in local government?
• How can we leverage geospatial technology to provide more
• Discuss the importance of centralized and authoritative data to drive
both internal and public GIS products
• Examples of tools and products that drive the transparency initiative
• Moving forward
What does transparency mean in local government?
- Identify your data maintainers
- Document their current workﬂow(s)
- Set up the data maintainer in a centralized environment
- Document the new workﬂow(s)
- Identify steps in the process that can be automated
- Work on the pieces that can be automated one bite at time
Austin Police Dept.
Austin Library Dept.
Austin Trans. Dept.
Austin Water Utility
Neighborhood Housing and Comm. Development
Parks and Rec. Dept.
Public Works Dept.
Watershed Protection Dept.
Capital Projects Explorer
Typically at this stage, the
data is manipulated. Sub sets
are created, schema
Editor hosts feature
Sidewalk Program Projects GIS
- Identify individuals in your department that have GIS skills
or are interested in obtaining them
- Identify individuals that will own a particular dataset and want to edit
- Centralize the data
- Communicate with all of the individuals in your department that work on GIS data
- Eliminate silos
- Set up work ﬂows
- DOCUMENT the work ﬂows
- Identify the steps that are candidates for automation
- Automate in pieces. Don’t try to tackle the entire workﬂow all at once
- Stay engaged in the GI S Community – what are others doing?
What other technologies or solutions can we leverage?
- Never stop educating yourself. Technology constantly changes
- Take your own advice – lead by example
Capital Projects Exlporer:
Sidewalk Program Projects:
City of Austin
Public Works Department