MapOffice in Riverside

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From its inception GIS has used hard copy maps as a presentation
media for geographic information. Maps are still used extensively to
display analysis results, however new opportunities in technology have
provided other ways to distribute and even interact with data.
Now-a-days it is commonplace to distribute maps electronically through
e-mail as an image, in PDF format for example. Doing so saves both time
and money as paper and ink supplies are spared and the information can
be received by many people in a matter of seconds regardless of their
location. Better yet, due to technology advances, interactive mapping
applications are now available to everyone for consumption. These
products place GIS tools in the hands of all users allowing them to
perform geographic operations in a dynamic way, to discover their data
and analysis results interactively, and still provide the opportunity to
share that information in an electronic or hard copy fashion. The
Village of Riverside has invested in such products through its GIS
program and those interactive applications are known as MapOffice™ and
MapOffice™ Advanced.

MapOffice™ is a free interactive map of all GIS Consortium member
communities in the Chicago Metropolitan area and is available to the
general public. This allows residents and business people alike to
navigate a place and search for addresses, important places, measure
distances, obtain parcel information including PIN numbers and zoning
information, and even connect to other services such as the County
Assessor, Microsoft’s Bird’s Eye View, and area school district
information seamlessly.

MapOffice™ Advanced is an interactive map restricted to village staff
in each GIS Consortium community which allows employees all of the
functionality of MapOffice™ and then some. Additional tools provide the
ability to identify floodway information, view utilities and associated
data, map a list of properties of interest, and create address lists for
mailings by simply choosing properties on the map. Additionally, custom
information can be created to display in this product as well such as
zoning boundaries. And the list of tools continues to be expanded based
on requests.

Interactive maps are extremely useful tools to facilitate discussion
and to derive conclusions about any location or event. In many locations
they are used during public meetings and are very effective resources
to focus attention to the matter at hand and also allow the flexibility
to view areas near or far from an issue area. An opportunity that is not
possible when using static images.

MapOffice in Riverside

Blog_MapOffice_in_Riverside.jpg

From its inception GIS has used hard copy maps as a presentation
media for geographic information. Maps are still used extensively to
display analysis results, however new opportunities in technology have
provided other ways to distribute and even interact with data.
Now-a-days it is commonplace to distribute maps electronically through
e-mail as an image, in PDF format for example. Doing so saves both time
and money as paper and ink supplies are spared and the information can
be received by many people in a matter of seconds regardless of their
location. Better yet, due to technology advances, interactive mapping
applications are now available to everyone for consumption. These
products place GIS tools in the hands of all users allowing them to
perform geographic operations in a dynamic way, to discover their data
and analysis results interactively, and still provide the opportunity to
share that information in an electronic or hard copy fashion. The
Village of Riverside has invested in such products through its GIS
program and those interactive applications are known as MapOffice™ and
MapOffice™ Advanced.

MapOffice™ is a free interactive map of all GIS Consortium member
communities in the Chicago Metropolitan area and is available to the
general public. This allows residents and business people alike to
navigate a place and search for addresses, important places, measure
distances, obtain parcel information including PIN numbers and zoning
information, and even connect to other services such as the County
Assessor, Microsoft’s Bird’s Eye View, and area school district
information seamlessly.

MapOffice™ Advanced is an interactive map restricted to village staff
in each GIS Consortium community which allows employees all of the
functionality of MapOffice™ and then some. Additional tools provide the
ability to identify floodway information, view utilities and associated
data, map a list of properties of interest, and create address lists for
mailings by simply choosing properties on the map. Additionally, custom
information can be created to display in this product as well such as
zoning boundaries. And the list of tools continues to be expanded based
on requests.

Interactive maps are extremely useful tools to facilitate discussion
and to derive conclusions about any location or event. In many locations
they are used during public meetings and are very effective resources
to focus attention to the matter at hand and also allow the flexibility
to view areas near or far from an issue area. An opportunity that is not
possible when using static images.