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01/06/07 07:15 PM
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Aside from a programming/scripting dabbler, I am also the newly appointed Street Commissioner of a small village in Michigan (the lovely and historical Richland, Michigan). I have the problem of being supplied with almost no hard data on the streets from the previous commissioner (and no budget). For instance, I can not get a consistent answer to "how many miles of roads do we have in the village?"

I've always been interested in GIS, but don't know anything about it. My question to the group is what GIS tools would be appropriate for getting the data and building accurate maps and renderings of our village that I can use for basic street planning and maintaining tasks (like knowing how many miles of roads and sidewalks we have).

I've done a little web researching but have been overwhelmed. I was hoping for some helping hints and advice on how to proceed.

Thanks for your time,

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01/22/07 06:27 AM
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The State of Michigan ( maintains a road network for the entire state (Michigan Geographic Framework) that can be broken out by county and community.

The Framework is a great source of info, particularly with road measurements, since MDOT uses it for the State Act 51 mapping. It doesn't have sidewalks.

Good luck...

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01/26/07 12:11 PM
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01/26/07 01:03 PM
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It sounds like you'd be better off with Manifold. The learning curve is very simple with tutorials and you could have an IMS site up and running in days. It is also very affordable at $245. Jumping into ESRI products for what you are looking to do will get very expensive very fast. Check out
as examples of high quality low cost IMS sites. Call the people who built them and see what they say about Manifold. or check out Manifold s website

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04/15/10 02:31 AM
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We are an italian software house working for italian villages. We use Manifold for Gis on Web. I think it's very powerful and simple to use. 
Take a look at what we have done. With the main toolbar you can zoom, navigate, search, interrogate data ecc...It's also very fast!
What do you think about it?

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