Loudoun County, Va. (December 11, 2014) – Loudoun County’s celebration of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day has resulted in a crowd-sourced map of favorite places in Loudoun. The Office of Mapping and Geographic Information invited people to record their favorite places in the county on a map for GIS Day, November 19, 2014. Many responded using their cell phones to locate a point on the map and attach a photograph of their favorite places.
The mapped points included schools, the W&OD Trail, businesses, and museums. A link to the map is online at www.loudoun.gov/gisday.
The county also held a webinar on GIS day for county employees. The one-hour session focused on the county’s web applications and was designed to encourage creative thinking. Among the topics covered were new features of WebLogis, the county’s flagship web application, including routes for vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic and an updated air photo archive.
Participants were also introduced to ArcGIS Online and were shown applications such as wineries, the Fall Farm Tour, Park and Ride Lookup, W&OD Trail Amenities, and Capital Projects. They saw many capabilities such as uses of data to model features in 3-D and integration of scanned documents in Laserfiche to GIS features. Many of the applications can be viewed at http://logis.loudoun.gov.
GIS Day is sponsored by many organizations including the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, and ESRI. More information can be found at www.gisday.com.