By Laura Danielson
The 18th annual Spirit & Place Festival, a long-time project of The Polis Center, explored the 2013 theme of Risk through 30 community programs that toed the line between safety and danger, ease and discomfort, and security and uncertainty. For example, the opening event, $20K: A Competition about Race, featured four innovators who presented their daring ideas for reshaping the notions of race in Central Indiana. Find out who won the $20,000 prize here.
By Jim Sparks
In October 2007, I was appointed as Indiana’s first Geographic Information Officer with a statutory mission to facilitate the development, maintenance, and distribution of comprehensive statewide geographic data. State statute also assigns two dozen or so responsibilities to the GIO which fall into five baskets: 1) coordinate GIS effort in Indiana with all levels of government, academia, and the private sector; 2) locate and integrate critical geospatial data around the state; 3) figure out how to create data sets that are needed but do not exist; 4) make sure that the data is widely and conveniently available; and 5) serve as the Geographic Information Officer for state government agencies.