Morning Sessions, Verona Room
10:20 am - 10:50 am
The Delaware Geospatial Data Exchange is an application designed to facilitate the sharing of geospatial data and information in the State of Delaware. Come learn more about what it is, how to use it, and how it can help with your daily activities.
10:50 am - 11:20 am
The Delaware Government Information Center (GIC) works to give Delawareans free and equal access to state, local, and federal government information and resources. It does so by leading state agencies in adoption of best practices in web publishing and by pioneering innovative ways to organize, enhance and share government information. A key component of this information-sharing effort is location-based information. The GIC has added location information to traditional state web sites, to a growing list of new, targeted mobile applications, and to an innovative new approach to a citizen-focused, carefully targeted directory of state services. This presentation will look at the collection and maintenance of location information in a multi-agency environment, at the challenges of maintaining and organizing the data, and at the importance of crafting simple, intuitive yet exciting new location-based mobile and web-based applications.
11:20 am - 11:50 am
Reliable, high-speed internet connectivity is increasingly a requirement for communities and individuals to take part in a competitive, global, and increasingly digital economy. While Delaware has one of the highest overall rates of broadband (defined as downstream connection speeds of 4 Mbs or greater) provision, adoption rates across the state are highly variable, with large disparities in access and quality of service. Traditionally, the state’s urbanized portions are highly connected, while more rural, as well as more economically distressed areas, have lagged.
We present a project undertaken at the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration to frame the issue of disparities in broadband adoption. Components include web-based mapping and database development of community internet access providers, stakeholder development through organization of planning teams, and a GIS-based analysis tool to assess and predict where gaps exist in the adoption of broadband service, due to 1) physical location, 2) demographic/economic factors, and 3) level of service provision.