The Village of Skokie keeps track of a comprehensive land use
database using standards set forth by the American Planning Association.
The Land Based Classification Standards (LBCS) is a series of codes
that defines the Function, Site, Structure, Activity, and Ownership of
land. The Village has been diligently working to incorporate the land
uses into its Geographic Information System(GIS). By integrating land
use and GIS, the Village can better analyze and visualize where specific
classifications of businesses are in geographic terms.
Business Intelligence, a tool in MapOffice™ Advanced, allows internal
employees to search for specific land uses in a map interface. By
linking databases and providing a web service on the backend, the GIS
Department enables connections to any enterprise software that meets
certain requirements. Since all GIS Consortium (GISC) communities do not
use the same software, Business Intelligence uses properties to enable
multiple types of data connections (SQL Server, ODBC, Access, etc).
Since not all employees have access to the land use database, Business
Intelligence was the best option to publish this data to employees.