Category Archives: Public Policy

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 »

What’s Your GIS Data-Sharing Policy?

This is for my public sector GIS tribe members! Most of my subscribers have a government email address, and this blog post is just for you. I’m making the additional assumption that you are looking for ways to share your beautiful GIS data with the public. You want to share your data because you believe in the power… Read More »

An Example of Local Government Using GIS (2 of 30)

As the “2 of 30” in the title implies, this post is part of an ongoing series discussing Missouri Revised Statute § 67.1850. (If you haven’t read it yet, you may want to go to the first post in the series: Introducing Mo. Rev. Stat. § 67.1850 (1 of 30).) The purpose of this second post is to… 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 »

Let’s Call it GeoDicta

A Geospatial Legal Blog is Launched Hello! The amazing thing about the internet is that no matter how weird and obscure your professional interests might be, there are other people out there just like you. Further, once you meet those other weirdos, they’ll almost immediately tell you that you are wrong and everything you thing is bunk! I… Read More »

Book Review: Geographic Information Science: Mastering the Legal Issues – 1st Edition

This was originally posted in 2015 and Updated October 16, 2018 by George Cho (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0470850107 ISBN-10: 0470850108 5.0 out of 5 stars – This is a review I wrote for Amazon.com on February 22, 2015. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase I have dabbled professionally in GIS since the early 1990’s while working as a city planner. In… Read More »