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Maps and Data

About GIS

Since the early 1990s, RPC has maintained a Geographic Information System (GIS). A GIS is comprised of digital map layers and associated databases, software, computers, printers, and staff. Through the years, RPC has amassed massive amounts of GIS data, and maps; over 1.5TB of data and thousands of maps. RPC has data in many formats, aerial imagery spanning 60 years all the way to zoning data for the region's communities throughout many years. The RPC also hosts many datasets and maps made for communities for various projects.

GIS is a tool that can be very complex in many ways, but also simple. Tools like Google Maps and the GRANIT Coastal Viewer are designed specifically to allow users quick cursory access to GIS data. Whereas, to run a

full GIS, can require high-end sophisticated servers and client computers and years of experience.

GIS is not a substitute for surveyors or surveys and there is always a risk that showing different data layers that were made for different purposes can lead to a perception that the data shows one thing, when in fact it could be an error inherent in the data that misleads the user. GIS should always be understood to be a tool to help guide decisions, not a final decision in and of itself.

GIS at RPC is used in contract work for state agencies, municipalities, and other entities. It is also used to provide map and data assistance to staff planners and in providing local technical assistance to member community governments. Public officials and municipal employees are encouraged to utilize the RPC GIS data and capabilities in assistance with their municipal or other public duties.

RPC offers a range of GIS services to member communities and other entities on a contract basis, including map production, geographic data analysis, and GPS data collection. Please see the RPC GIS Policy which describes these services and billing rates.

For a deeper explanation of GIS please read this resource: http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis