Using GIS Maps
The utilization of geographic information has changed over the years. We have moved from the use of static, hard copy maps and tables that required a high level of expertise in order to obtain and manage the necessary data to the advent of Geographic Information Systems, or more simply GIS. A reoccurring objective behind GIS technology is that we are constantly looking for ways to improve our abilities to manage, manipulate and analyze our geographic data so that we have better geographic information which in turn leads to better decision making abilities.
If you ask, GIS users will declare that some of the founding principals of GIS are data management, data accessibility, data sharing, data integration and data reliability. Think about the numerous businesses, governmental departments, educational institutions, etc that all need access to the community’s GIS datasets, such as road centerlines, parcel data, zoning data, administrative boundaries, political boundaries, as well as point locations such as fire stations, police stations, hospitals, etc.
The introduction of Internet GIS has provided an avenue to help our communities overcome these obstacles. The Internet has already proven itself to be a major communication medium for people all over the world. E-mail, e-commerce, virtual public spaces, gaming—the popularity of the Internet is increasing and has proven itself to be an essential part of our society. Combining GIS technology with the Internet creates an environment that fosters data accessibility and facilitates data sharing and processing of geographic data. With Internet GIS, datasets are more readily available and the tools utilized in the traditional Desktop GIS are now accessible over the Internet; accessible by anyone equipped with an internet connection and a browser.
In a sense, Internet GIS can be seen as a portal; a gateway to a better, more informed and more efficient community. It provides communities who lack the tools, the knowledge, the staff and/or the financial stability to tackle GIS on their own, a chance to utilize GIS data and functionality to enhance the community in which they live.
Logan County GIS Corporation’s Interactive Maps are loaded with geographic data about Logan County and using these maps is as simple as navigating through any other web site. To begin, select one of the maps under the Interactive Maps link. You may have to give the map a few seconds to load depending upon your internet connection speed; however, once the map has loaded, locate the toolbar across the top (LEGEND, ZOOM IN, ZOOM OUT, ZOOM ALL, etc…) and select the tool you wish to use. Once you have selected the tool you wish to you, look in the bottom left hand corner and you should see that the map has identified which tool you have selected.
The Layers List is located on the left and a help menu is defined at the bottom to help you understand how to operate the layers (i.e. turn a layer off and on). When you expand the folder icons inside the layer list to view its contents, you may notice that some layers have a magnifying glass inside their box. This is an indication that you must ZOOM IN to be able to view that layer.
A quick note about the LEGEND tool: When you click this tool, the legend will display in the same location as the Layers List. To return to the Layers List, simply click the LEGEND tool again.
Please be aware that every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these maps; however the Logan County GIS Corporation assumes no responsibility, liability or damages due to the use of these maps. These maps are a compilation of data from various sources, so please note that our map information is dependent upon other federal, state or regional sources. If any errors are detected, please contact Shawn Marie Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org.