Posts in category Data Development

GIS data being merged with Minecraft—yes THAT Minecraft

Fifty-five million people a month play the video game sensation Minecraft. Created and designed by Swedish game designer Notch Persson, and later fully developed and published by Mojang, its creative and building aspects enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D-generated world. Soon, players will be able to use Kenton County as a base for […]

Kenton County’s new CodeRED program built atop GIS data

Until recently, the only ways local governments had to warn their citizens of emergencies were through radio and television stations and local sirens. Kenton County residents are now also able to receive those warnings via telephone, text message, or email through the CodeRED™ program, a recent addition approved and implemented by Kenton Fiscal Court. CodeREDTM […]

Staff rolls out database of subdivision lots available, developed

Want to know more about lot availability of subdivisions in Kenton County? Through the collaborative efforts of PDS staff, new subdivision data has been created and is now available on the new LINK-GIS Development Analyst map viewer. Two members of the GIS team, Joe Busemeyer, GISP and Steve Lilly, PLS, GISP, CPII; have utilized the […]

Analytics show new GIS website capabilities increase user traffic

PDS’ new LINK-GIS website experienced a 49 percent increase in unique visitors during the first quarter of FY17 compared to the first quarter of FY16, according to Google Analytics. That increase in unique visitors drove an increase in the number of sessions by 70 percent during the same period. Unique visitors are determined by the […]

Staff update, upgrade, and upload improved LINK-GIS website

The LINK-GIS website, linkgis.org, has an updated look and feel. Streamlined, sleek and easy-to-use were goals accomplished with this latest overhaul of the popular geographic resource. PDS staff rolled out a new public-facing website earlier this month. It replaces a website that had been in place since 2010. After sifting through thousands of website templates, […]

Delivery of GIS data provides community with tree canopy inventory

A recent grant from the USDA Forest Service through the Kentucky Division of Forestry to the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council has provided LINK-GIS partners with high resolution data on tree cover. SavATree, in collaboration with the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory, mapped Northern Kentucky’s land cover. “We’re pleased to receive these […]

GIS department provides HBA information on available subdivision lots

The PDS GIS department worked closely recently with the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky (HBA) on a project to determine the number of “finished” subdivided lots in Kenton County. Finished lots are vacant lots ready to be sold but without an existing structure. Additional lot definitions utilized in this project fell under several categories: lots […]

LINK-GIS partners receive final delivery of 2014 aerial photography

To update the April 2014 edition of this newsletter, new aerial imagery of Kenton and Campbell Counties captured for LINK-GIS partners this spring has now been completely delivered. The new imagery provides some of the most detailed views of these counties ever seen. It also includes the capability to measure the vertical heights of buildings, […]

“Impressive” data and expertise aid tree canopy study

The Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council was awarded a grant from the U.S. Forest Service in December 2013 to develop land classifications and forest canopy data for Kenton, Campbell, and Boone counties. This data will be used to develop tree planting plans for several areas in the region and can be used as […]

GIS Provides Much-Needed Analysis Support for Redistricting

The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission is tasked with redrawing legislative districts every ten years in conjunction with federal census results.  With legislative districts changing and population shifting, voting precincts too must change and shift to match new legislative boundaries. LRC (the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission), pursuant to KRS 7.550, is charged with maintaining and continuously […]