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June 2016
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GIS: Downloadable Data, Downloadable Maps, and Web Apps

Authoritative geographical data is essential to countless location-enabled services available to public- and private-sector users alike. In this edition of howz.IT, read about collaborative efforts across state departments to upgrade Hawaii’s geographic information system to improve data sharing, accessibility and cost-effectiveness.

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Geographic data meets the ‘cloud’

The state Offices of Planning (OP) and Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) have collaborated on a major upgrade to the state’s geographic information system (GIS), taking advantage of current advances in server-based GIS and cloud technology.

“It’s an exciting time for GIS in Hawaii state government. The ultimate goal is to make it easier for all state employees, contractors and the public to use, make and share geospatial data, maps and applications on any device at any time.”

— OP Director Leo R. Asuncion
The Hawaii Statewide GIS Program is critical to hundreds of users who develop and maintain a wide variety of data, maps and applications — many of which are available to the public.
Online map of Hawaii flu vaccination locations
Diverse and far-reaching, examples range from Department of Health interactive maps that assist the public in finding flu vaccination locations, to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s use of the authoritative data to visualize census and legislative district information.
Online map of Hawaii 2010-2014 Data by census tracts and legislative districts
As part of the upgrade, the state GIS database has been deployed on a centralized state server that allows agencies to share information, increasing its accessibility beyond the source agency and encouraging a “create once, use many” philosophy. The same data has been migrated into the “cloud” and will be available to the general public as web services.

In addition, ETS secured an enterprise license agreement that offers state agencies numerous advantages ranging from lower software cost to continuous support.

 “We partnered with the Office of Planning and worked with the program and Esri to establish an enterprise license agreement that encourages widespread GIS software use and achieves savings.”

— CIO Todd Nacapuy

To learn more, read the news release or visit the Hawaii Statewide GIS Program webpage.

Innovation increasingly part of CIO role

While attending his first National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Midyear Conference in early May, State of Hawaii CIO Todd Nacapuy observed that CIOs from across the country are dealing with many of the same challenges.
Faced with finite budgets and resources, state CIOs are attempting to build and retain their skilled IT workforces while modernizing antiquated legacy systems that serve thousands (in some cases, hundreds of thousands) of individuals. States are achieving varying degrees of success and, among the most successful, one ingredient is emerging as a common thread: innovation.
Nacapuy echoed this sentiment while offering remarks at several more recent events in Honolulu.
At the Sino-U.S. Economic Forum on May 23 (above), Nacapuy discussed how CIOs must prepare for the evolution of their role and continuous professional executive development. This includes how they constantly need to balance agility, cost optimization, people management, operational efficiency, business effectiveness and innovation.
Group photo of Hawaii Business' C-Suite Event
Photo of CIO Nacapuy offering keynote remarks at Hawaii Business' C-Suite event
On May 18, at Hawaii Business magazine’s C-Suite event, he highlighted how innovation will factor into his priorities for the state, which are IT workforce development, IT governance, services-oriented infrastructure, enterprise programs and projects, open government, and cybersecurity.

In his first year as CIO, innovation has manifested in progress ranging from the launch of the state's eSign Services solution (with more than 22,000 electronic signature transactions to-date), to new IT workforce development programs designed to provide broader career options to IT personnel.

Nacapuy also shared with attendees how he felt so strongly about its importance, that as a minor act of civil disobedience he substituted “Innovation” in place of “Information” in his title on his business card. While his official title remains chief information officer (a position established by statute), he strongly feels that being innovative, along with focusing on people first, will be key to successfully transforming state government.

Office 365 Tip

Email encryption made easy

With the majority of the Executive Branch transitioned to Office 365, enhanced collaboration and security tools are available to state personnel.
Sample email message
This includes “Do Not Forward” and “Encrypt Only” options for sending email to other state Office 365 users.
  • To select these options, create a new email message and choose from the Set Permissions menu.
  • To encrypt messages to ANY recipient, whether they are on Office 365 or not, simply include *secure* in the subject line.
For more tips and information, visit the Office 365 state user resource webpage.
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June 16 digital summit free for local, state government personnel

Gov. David Ige and Sunesis Nexus LLC Founder and President Michele R. Weslander Quaid will be among the featured speakers at the Hawaii Digital Government Summit on June 16, 2016, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The event is free and open to local and state government personnel throughout Hawaii. Concurrent sessions will include:
  • Building Hawaii’s Government IT Workforce
  • Services, Platforms and Clouds … Oh My!
  • Going Paperless
  • Embracing Mobile for a Better Public Sector
  • Future of Cybersecurity
  • Agile IT
  • Transforming Government: IT’s Seat at the Table
  • The Internet of Things Enabling Smart Cities
View the full program and reserve your seat by registering online.
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Final call for transformation intern applicants

Transformation Internship Program website
The deadline to apply for the state’s Transformation Internship Program (TIP) summer session is Monday, June 13, 2016.

The TIP summer session will run from June 20 to Aug. 8, providing a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to receive meaningful work assignments and apply IT classroom concepts to projects. Click here to apply today.

Department News

DLNR launches mobile-friendly Hawaii Na Ala Hele State Trails website

Just in time for National Trails Day last week, Hawaii’s Na Ala Hele Trail and Access Program launched a new website with cutting-edge features and design.
Managed by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), the new site,, features a mobile-responsive design allowing it to adjust to a variety of different devices and screen sizes.
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The updated website provides hikers with useful resources and content not found on or provided by other online sources, such as trail head directions via GPS, detailed information on approved trail use activities, trail features, amenities, and timely weather and safety/hazard warnings.

In our next edition…

Watch for updates on the state’s payroll modernization project as well as the anticipated enactment of 2016 legislation to consolidate two state IT programs ... and what that means for modernization efforts.
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