City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works
Featured Paper By Joe Watson, Jeff Albee & Matt Faulkner
From addresses and ZIP Codes to coordinates and countries, the majority of data has ties to geography. However, much of our data continues to be presented in a non-geographic format, through spreadsheets and other tabular databases. We have not harnessed the potential of geographic data because of cost, ease of use, and unfamiliarity with its applications. Changing the way we create and edit data to include Geography begins at data entry, which means it must be easy for all users. Using ArcIMS, the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works has taken GIS data editing to the front lines. All Public Works Staff members have access to create and edit geographic data with ArcIMS and ArcSDE in an easy-to-use and familiar interface, a Web browser. This paper will discuss implementing ArcIMS as a department-wide solution to creating and distributing geographic data.