Category Archives: Missouri

Missouri’s Nonpartisan State Demographer

Gerrymandering Works Redistricting a state legislative map can increase a political party’s power base for a solid ten years. This is power they didn’t have to earn at the ballot box one local election at a time. It is power they give themselves by deft maneuvers and sleight of hand involving demographic and geographic nuances. Done correctly, it… Read More »

USE WITH CAUTION: The County Assessor’s Maps

You need to read this post if you use online county government maps. The Takeaways “What boundaries are is a matter of law; where boundaries are is a matter of fact.” Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location, sixth edition, page 3. A court of proper jurisdiction may determine the extent of a property owner’s rights, which is the… Read More »

Lawyers and Geography

“Ignorance of the geography is no excuse, Counselor.” Here’s the thesis of this article: There are geographic resources out there. Attorneys, you don’t have to make up geographic stuff and then turn your ignorance of geography into a regulation no one can really interpret or follow. One of my favorite blatant lies emanating from the legal world is,… Read More »

Missouri Mappers 2019

Welcome to a partnership between the Missouri Mappers Association and GeoVelo where we are developing a uniform manual of procedures and resources for every Missouri government cadastral mapper Thank you! I am grateful the Missouri Mappers Association who have asked me back for the third year in a row to teach another set of classes at their 2019… Read More »

Introducing Mo. Rev. Stat. § 67.1850 (1 of 30)

GIS is a Powerful Transparency Tool (Part 1 of 30) Your local government’s GIS data-sharing policy is your local economic development policy, whether you know it or not. – Chris Dunn Author’s Note: In 2014, as a law student at the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Law, I wrote an analysis of Missouri Revised Statute § 67.1850. That’s… Read More »

An Interview with Tracy and Tony

Here’s a nifty story my friend Open GIS Data Roger sent me this morning. Its an interview written by Tim & Tim over at Surdex. They interviewed two very accomplished Missouri GIS community members; Tracy Schloss and Tony Spicci for the National States Geographic Information Council’s blog NSCIC GEOJAVA. Tracy Schloss – Office of Geospatial Information, MO Office… Read More »