Geographic Information Systems (GIS) use a variety of technologies to create static, digital, and interactive mapping products. Spatial data is collected from a number of different sources such as engineering plans, GPS acquisition, and even paper products. This data is stored as both geographic features (locations) and descriptive data (information about the features) in databases. GIS software allows for links to be created between the geography and descriptive information. The same software allows for interactive maps to be created with ‘layers’ of data that can be turned on or off and overlaid on top of one another.
For example, using our interactive map, users can click on a property and see its legal description, current zoning, OCP designation, and area. Using layers, an aerial photo can be turned on with parcel lines overlaid to show an accurate view of the property for discussion or decision purposes.
Chris Thompson, GIS/Asset Management Analyst
3400 30 St
Vernon BC V1T 5E6