gets a reboot for Geography Awareness Week

Photo via County of Frontenac., the public-facing information portal for the Frontenac County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department, has been redesigned with new functionality, new mapping resources and a “whole new selection of useful open data,” according to a release from the County of Frontenac.

“We’re really happy to offer the new to the public,” said Frontenac County GIS Manager, Kevin Farrell. “This site allows for a much-improved user experience enabling us to reach and serve more people, more quickly.”

The new site is built on the ArcGIS platform by internationally renowned GIS software system developer, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). As well as a fresh look, the newest iteration of adds new applications and links to similar off-site resources, according to the release.

Also new is an open data portal, the County shared. For the first time, anyone with an internet connection has serve-yourself access to download spatial datasets on a wide range of subjects including trails, building footprints, zoning, points of interest, and much more.

Frontenac County GIS offers services including interactive mapping solutions, customized applications, printed cartographic products, and analysis and maintenance of spatial data to in-house and external clients. GIS is a way to handle and display information through digital maps. According to the release, local governments use GIS to manage and update property information, keep track of assets, and help plan and make important decisions.

Originally launched in 2010, the site’s redesign corresponds with Geography Awareness Week, which runs from November 14 to 18, and GIS Day, which takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.

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