Article by Michael Byrne posted on The Tech Blog on posted on 12/21/09

Michael Byrne: Today we realized another milestone in geospatial information for California. The California Emergency Management Agency awarded, the Office of the State Chief Information Officer a $1 million dollar grant to develop an enterprise geocoding service. Geocoding is the process by which a standardized location (like a latitude and longitude) is applied to an address. The effort will provide CalEMA and supporting agencies with a single comprehensive service for mapping critical infrastructure and key resources by assigning addresses to a map location. Secondly, this service will map locations required for incident response like command centers, shelters, vulnerable populations and gathering locations.  Read more