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Commonwealth Technology News

Gov. Fletcher with USGS GIS Award
Gov. Ernie Fletcher accepts the GIS Achievement
Award from the U. S. Geological Survey.

Commonwealth Receives Recognition for GIS Achievements
On Nov. 16, 2005, Gov. Ernie Fletcher accepted an award from the
United States Geological Survey (USGS) in recognition of the commonwealth’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) achievements.

Gov. Fletcher Announces 2005 "Freedom Calls From Rupp Arena"
Kentucky soldiers and their families will once again have the opportunity to visit via satellite during the UK vs. U of L basketball game, thanks to this year’s “Freedom Calls from Rupp Arena” event.

Kentucky Celebrates National Geography Week and GIS Day
In recognition of National Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19) and GIS Day (Nov. 16), the Division of Geographic Information hosted a Map Gallery in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the Kentucky State Capitol and the Capitol Annex.

COT Employee Presents at National CPM Conference
An employee of COT's Office of Application Development was a presenter at the 17th Annual Professional Development Conference of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers.

Probation & Parole Officers Receive Specialized Technology Training
Probation and parole officers from every district in the state attended a training seminar led by a nationally-recognized expert in the field of cyber crime and the use of technology in sex offender management.

Statewide Escape Notification Plan Enhanced
The Kentucky Department of Corrections has enhanced its statewide escape notification service through a partnership with a Louisville-based firm.

KSP Co-Hosts Internet Crimes Against Children Conference
The Kentucky State Police (KSP) recently co-hosted the second annual "Internet Crimes Against Children" conference Nov. 14-16 in Louisville.

KY Legislature Reviews Methods to Halt Identity Theft
Members of the Kentucky General Assembly's Judiciary Committee focused on one of the fastest-growing crimes in the state when they heard about two plans to fight identity theft.

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Kentucky Geography Network Sets Another New Record!

Commerce Cabinet Sites Lead the Way


The Kentucky Geography Network enjoyed another record-setting month in November.  The GIS portal and its associated services sustained 5,743,663 hits from just over 20,000 unique visitors.  This is a 44% increase over October and a 350% increase over November of 2004.  Much of this significant increase in usage can be attributed to the success of the Commerce Cabinet’s two flagship Internet Mapping Sites, Kentucky State Parks and Kentucky’s Hunting and Fishing Sites.  These two sites combined accounted for 48% of the total traffic with 2,766,007 hits.  Every State Park Web page now has a link to a GIS map for that park and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources has links on both its main and GIS/Mapping pages directing visitors to these geographic services.


As usual, the Commonwealth Map, the Kentucky’s Incorporated Cities site, and the KYGEONET’s Geographic Explorer experienced an increase in usage.  These sites, along with about 30 others, made up the balance of November’s traffic.  Explore the commonwealth’s geographic services by visiting


COT Trivia Question of the Month

Question:  The state's first large-scale computer application was built in the mid-1970's and is still running.  What is it?

Answer:  The Transportation Cabinet's Automated Vehicle Information System (AVIS) has managed the licensing and registration of Kentucky vehicles for nearly thirty years.  Over the last three decades, the system has undergone several significant modifications but the basic system functionality remains the same as it was when it was originally developed thirty years ago.  The system was written in the COBOL programming language using IBM's IMS database software, and runs on the state's zSeries mainframe computing platform.


COT Trivia Question of the Month

The state's first large-scale computer application was built in the mid-1970's and is still running.  What is it?

(See the answer at the bottom of this page.)


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Last Updated 12/7/2005