Q: What is GIS?
GIS is an information system that allows data to be analyzed spatially. GIS links graphic features (subdivision lot) with non-graphic data (a record in a database that stores owner information, sale date, assessed value, etc…). In a GIS, spatial relationships between map features can be analyzed such as which lots are within 300 feet of a selected lot. Also, spatial relationships can be created by overlaying multiple layers to answer questions like:
- What fire and police jurisdiction is a location in?
- Is the location in an area prone to flooding?
- What land use and zoning is allowed at a location?
- What day is the trash and garbage picked up at a location?
Q: What GIS software does the City use?
We use ArcGIS by ESRI.
Q: What is the role of GIS Department?
The GIS Department has the following responsibilities:
- Provide City departments with accurate spatial information and analysis tools.
- Create and maintain GIS layers in a central database accessible by the City network.
- Produce customized maps for City departments on request.
- Spatially enable department databases.
- Integrate GIS into the IT Enterprise.
- Support City personnel with GIS software and training.
- Develop web-mapping applications for City departments and public.
- Develop customized applications for automating GIS processes such as data manipulation and redundant mapping.
- Provide technical and operational support for GIS-related hardware and software.
- Provide maps and GIS data to City supported projects and contractors.
- Create a secure environment for sensitive GIS layers.
- Backup spatial database and project files for offsite storage.
- Make maps and GIS data available to local agencies.
- Provide mapping and GIS data for emergency planning and response.
- Make standardized maps available to the public and City departments.
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