Recently the Riverside Historical Commission became aware that the
Village’s GIS program could provide them assistance gaining property
history information, particularly property images. Part of the Cook
County Assessor’s workflow includes capturing an image of the front of
every property in its database. Those images are available to the
Village of Riverside through an existing data sharing agreement due to
the Village’s GIS initiatives.
GIS staff was able to obtain images for the entire community and also
managed the files so they could be located at the Village Museum and
accessed easily by the Historical Commission volunteers. Realizing these
additional resources were available saved the Commission a great deal
of time and energy compared to the alternative of walking or driving the
community to take their own photos.