Geological Research at the IGS
  

Extension of the GIS Atlas of Indiana project

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jun 3, 2006 May 30, 2008 All Counties
Director: John Steinmetz
Other Researchers: Chris Dintaman, Denver Harper, Richard Hill, Alex Zlotin, Chris Walls, Phil Worrall,
Funding: Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)
Issue: Spatial data are important in planning for infrastructure improvements, economic development, and protection of the environment. Improving the accessibility of essential spatial data to industry, government agencies, and the public will make the planning process more efficient.
Objective: Create a central repository of spatial data for Indiana and to make the data freely available to the public in a format that is readily accessible.
Approach: A geographic information system (GIS) atlas of Indiana is being compiled from a variety of sources. The GIS includes shapefiles, grids, georeferenced images, and a geodatabase. Metadata are generated for all layers in a format prescribed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). We have acquired more than 280 GIS layers related to planimetry, infrastructure, history, environment, biology, geology, resources, and hazards, and have prepared them for distribution to the public through an Internet Map Server (IMS) Web site.
Products: An IMS Web site titled A GIS Atlas for Indiana (http://igs.indiana.edu/GISatlas) has been created that includes an interactive map, as well as GIS layers and FGDC-compliant metadata that can be downloaded at no cost. To make the Web site easy to use, we have created a customized tutorial available on CD-ROM; it is also available on the Web site. A series of demonstrations have also been given at several conferences to inform the public about this resource.
Benefits: The ability to plan for infrastructure improvements, economic development, and protection of the environment has been made more efficient by the creation of a central repository of spatial data and a Web interface that is accessible to industry, government agencies, and the public.
Publications:

Indiana Map


 
 
 
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