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Increasing dependency on GIS for business decision-making, coupled with its integration into mainstream IT, has brought GIS to the center stage of the "Management Information Systems" for analytical modeling and real-world representation. This has created a need for digital presentation of the GIS datasets in the most aesthetic form. Recent enhancements to ESRI products enable efficient development of cartographically styled geodatabases that enhance visual presentation, increase usage, and allow easier management of data updates, editing, text placement, cartographic styling, and product development for publishing of digital and paper maps.
This paper will describe the extensive utilization of ESRI products for establishing an integrated GIS work environment through the effective use of ArcGIS empowered with flexible customizations using VB, ArcObjects, VC++, etc., for development of cartographically styled geodatabases, using a variety of inputs including paper resources, CAD datasets, and GIS datasets from various sources and formats.