Thomas Pritchard (left) and Frankie Johnson of Jones-Onslow EMC accept their company's 2005 Geospatial Information & Technology Association Innovator Award. Photo: GITA

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) has awarded Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) of Jacksonville, N.C., and the Office of Geographic and Environmental Information at MassGIS, Boston, with its 2005 GITA Innovator Award. The awards were presented during GITA's Annual Conference in March.

Jones-Onslow EMC developed its own geographic information system (GIS) over the past 10 years, resulting in an integrated, seamless, consumer-information system; financial-management system; and mapping-facilities system for the electric utility. The GIS runs on one database, and the information resides in one location. The MassGIS Open Geospatial Information System-based Web Mapping Services project, started in 2000, provides always-on access to all of the data contained in the MassGIS data repository through a variety of interfaces. The system provides a vendor-neutral, standards-based, data repository of all MassGIS maps, geospatial data, and geoprocessing services.

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