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Lake County GIS launches online catalog of mapping data

RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Geographic Information Services Division (GIS) recently released an online catalog, called a “Metadata Explorer,” at http://gis.co.lake.fl.us/metadataexplorer/catalog that provides an inventory of all 108 GIS layers of information.

“The Metadata Explorer service, originally developed by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), will contribute to making GIS and Lake County a more robust organization through the sharing of its geospatial data in an easy-to-use Web interface,” said Kevin Willis, Director of the Lake County GIS Division.

Each catalog listing helps Web users understand GIS data with a layer description, the data’s source, update frequency and the ability to download data and any related documents.

“One of the primary benefits of this service is it allows the public to find out whatever they need about much of the County’s mapping data,” Willis said. “The search box below the thumbnail map on the left side of the page, acts as a keyword search that makes finding a dataset quick and easy.”

The Metadata Explorer service gives users the ability to view associated data documents from the “related resources” heading on the right side of the page. For example, end users have the ability to download any documents that are related to the dataset. An example of a related document would be a spreadsheet of land use codes or zoning codes.

For more information about the Lake County GIS Division, call (352) 343-9633.

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