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What We DoWe help Vermont towns create and publish Internet maps to better inform the citizenry.
Information, previously paper based or requireing a trip to town offices, is now available on-line viewable by anyone at anytime.
Data on our maps is arranged in layers each of which can be visible or hidden thus allowing large amounts of information to be simply and clearly presented.
Our maps typically contain tax parcel, zoning, and overlay district information. This data originates in the form of ESRI shape files which prevent ordinary citizens from viewing it because of the software expense and expertise required. We make the same information available on the Internet viewable by anyone using a common web browser.
Our maps simplify, educate, and empower:
- Simplify: At present mapping is primarily paper based. Our technology makes it web based. It reduces the need to duplicate. Publish once and the information is available to everyone. Trips to the Town offices just to view the large zoning map are eliminated.
- Educate: Exploration of surrounding geography is made easy. Distances can be measured. Altitudes above sea level are shown. The latest high resolution satellite imagery can be viewed. This exploration results in town folk acquiring an understanding of how their small part of the Vermont fits with the larger scheme of things.
- Empower: Our mapping technology enables visualization of the impact of our plans. It's a visualization tool that empowers us, and our neighbors, to make more informed decisions.
Our TechnologyOur technology allows Town GIS data to be published to a standard Google map. This makes complex information available online, accessible by anyone on their PC(Personal Computer) in a simple, familiar way. The information can be viewed in all common browsers running under Windows, MacIntosh, or Linux. Click here for compatible browsers and PC operation systems.
- Standard Google map: We use standard Google maps because everyone knows how to use them. Ours have been enhanced to include the features mentioned below.
- Layers: Information is presented in layers each of which can set to be visible or hidden by a simple checkbox.
- Zone Finder: Our maps have a zone finder feature that calculates exactly which zones are at the draggable marker position.
- VCGI Imagery: Our maps use VCGI(Vermont Center for Geographic Information) fly over imagery which is similar to Google maps satellite view but is more up-to-date and has greater resoluton and accuracy.