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A new geographic information system (GIS) allows Anchorage, AK, to archive, distribute and manage all of its geographic data--from orthoimagery (maps, charts and diagrams) to planning data--with online links to related city documents.

Efficient processes built into the new system will enable the city to get its geographic data online quickly, according to Charles Barnwell, GIS manager for Anchorage.

Referring to a planned demonstration of the new system for the mayor and city assembly, Barnwell says, “It will feature our GIS data with links to documents, and the metadata aspect would put the icing on the cake.”

Because the system helps staff manage and create geographic metadata (data about data) that meets federal and international standards, Anchorage’s GIS has been registered in the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Clearinghouse network.

The city’s installation of the GeoConnect Geodata Management Server from RTSe USA can be viewed here.

Says RTSe USA’s president, J.D. Optekar, “Anchorage is able to leverage the value of their geographic data with our metadata management system. They can share that data easily, not only with Anchorage citizens, but with cities and government agencies in other states, and with users of spatial information around the world."

The new GIS systems results from a cooperative effort by various city departments including the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, the Department of Community Planning and Development, the Department of Finance’s Assessor's Office, the Department of Public Works and the Management Information Systems Department (MISD). MISD provides database and systems administration services while the others maintain the data and are the primary users of the GIS database.


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