The Indiana Geographic Information Council recognizes projects each year that uses geospatial technology to improve Indiana. Awards are given in six categories, and the projects must show an innovative use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. In addition, it should show how the implementation, management and expansion of the technology can improve services for Indiana citizens. Indraneel Kumar, Andrey Zhalnin and Ben St. Germain were present to receive the award. Lionel J. “Bo” Beaulieu, Michael Wilcox, Roberto Gallardo and Tyler Wright have all been instrumental team members on this project as well.
Rural Indiana Stats (RIS) won the 2018 Excellence in GIS in the education and nonprofit category. RIS, which was made available through funding from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), aims to provide decision makers with data on their county in areas of housing, fiscal, socio-economic and broadband. The site features the latest available data from 2016 providing more than 90 indicators presented in maps and tables. PCRD plans to continue to update and expand the sites capabilities in the coming year.