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What is GIS?
GIS stands for Geographical Information Systems. The official definition of GIS is an advanced computer system capable of collecting, storing, viewing, and analyzing geographically referenced or spatial information. 'Geographically Referenced' or 'Spatial' simply means that the information can be viewed on a map and analyzed based on location and proximity. Examples of mapped places can include an address, a property parcel, a named place such as a park or neighborhood, a census block, a zip code, or a city. By taking information stored in spreadsheets & tabular databases and displaying & analyzing it on a map, a GIS becomes a powerful tool.
What GIS software is Cuyahoga County using?
The Enterprise GIS is built on industry standards with an open architecture to allow choices for our development partners in an effort to make it a regionalized system. The GIS Department is using Oracle™ 11g for its spatial database (data warehouse) needs. Desktop GIS users employ a variety of software packages from companies such as Autodesk™, ESRI™, Intergraph™, Pitney Bowes MapInfo™, and others. What is the currency of your data? Our data is maintained by a variety of agencies. Some data is maintained on an ongoing basis, such as the property parcel tax map, while other data may be updated a few times a year, or not for several years. For information on the currency of any particular data, please contact the GIS Department
What is the currency of your aerial photography, and when will new photos be acquired?
Our most recent aerial photography was collected in the spring of 2008. Prior aerial photography was collected in the spring of 2006. We are planning for the next aerial photography to be collected in the spring of 2011.
How can I obtain your GIS digital data?
We offer a pre-packaged set of data that contains countywide coverage of aerial photographs, property parcels, contours, hydrography, and more. For a full description, visit our GIS Data
page. Custom data requests can be made by contacting the GIS Department
What maps are available?
We currently do not have any prepared maps available for distribution. Custom map requests can be made by contacting the GIS Department