Wayne County / City of Richmond
Geographic Information System
Before you access the Wayne
County GIS internet site for the first time,
it is recommended that you read the Frequently
Asked Questions (FAQ) - Getting Started. If you
have read this already click the button below to connect to
Additional maps, downloads and supporting documents
are also available on this page.
MAP ISSUES WITH INTERNET EXPLORER 8 (map is not displaying correctly)
COMPATIBILITY ISSUES WITH PRINTING IN WINDOWS 7
FAQ - Getting Started
I am unable to see the map on the GIS
website. What is wrong?
You must have a pluggin (program) installed on your computer
to view the maps. This pluggin can be downloaded for free
by clicking on the link on the GIS website (see image below)
or you can download it from AutoDesk at this website
. The website also works best with Internet Explorer 5.5 or
higher web browser.
This page is the page after you login to the GIS website.
You can also can also view this document for further instructions:
I put my address into the Parcel Search
Form and it doesn't find anything. What's wrong?
It is best that you just enter the minimal information into
the form so that it gives you more results to choose from.
Also, some things have been abbreviated to compress the database
so that it searches faster. These abbreviations include:
Also numbers do not have their extensions, example:
3rd is just 3, 4th is just 4, etc.
When searching by name, just enter the last name then
select from the list.
What is GIS?
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is one of the best
tools currently available for managing geographic information.
It is estimated that about 85% of the information managed
by cities and counties is geographically referenced in some
way, such as the location of a building shown on a map. Examples
of geographic information are addresses, parcels, district
boundaries, the spatial distribution of health statistics,
roads, washes, buildings, and utility locations.
The definition of GIS varies depending on specific applications,
but generally it is described as a computer-based system with
the ability to store, retrieve, modify, analyze, and represent
geographic data as useful information.
A GIS can be useful for relating mapped features and their
attributes (non-graphic information associated with features)
in two ways. First, the actual feature from a map, a sewer
manhole for example, displayed on a computer screen may be
pointed at electronically and used to access and display all
of the attributes contained in the computer's database regarding
that feature - the year it was installed, its material, diameter
and capacity, etc. Second, the database itself can be queried
to display only those features selected in a way which may
give it meaning. An example of this is choosing all parcels
of land selling for between fifty to sixty thousand dollars
in the last year, delineating the areas where the highest
rate of real estate transactions occurred in that price range.
Many government agencies are utilizing GIS because it offers
a way of understanding and dealing with complex spatial problems
by organizing the data, viewing their spatial associations,
performing multiple analyses, and synthesizing results into
maps and reports.
GIS technology is very useful, allowing the public and many
different departments access to the same basemaps and database.
This means that each department does not have to keep separate
versions of other department's maps and data in order to use
them for their own agency's needs. Features or attributes
need to be modified and updated on only one basemap and database
and then be shared by everyone. Departments can portray mapped
information at whatever scale they require, using the colors
or symbols they want and accompany the maps with text and
reports tailored to meet their needs.
What is Metadata?
In short, metadata is data about data. The following brief
description explains it well. It is from ESRI ARC/INFO help
Spatial metadata is data that describes the content, quality,
condition, use limitations, and other characteristics of a
spatial dataset. Metadata also documents bibliographic information
about a geo-dataset, such as who collected the data, when
it was collected, how it was collected, preprocessed, and
converted, its resolution, who holds the data now, and so
Metadata is also referred to as additional information that
is needed for a spatial dataset to be useful. Such information
facilitates understanding of the data and its content between
the provider and the user. It helps users to ensure that a
dataset meets their needs and that they use the dataset appropriately.
Clearly, on-line spatial metadata, including a brief sample,
is the most effective means to tell you if a dataset matches
your projects needs. It allows you to evaluate the benefits
and shortfalls involved prior to purchasing and using a dataset.
How accurate or old is the data?
School Zone, and Zip Code Boundaries
What are the best settings for my computer
to view the data?
It is recommended that you have your Display Properties set
to at least 800x600 screen area and your Colors set to at
least 265. To access these settings right click any blank
area of your desktop and go to properties, or go to Start>Settings>Control
Viewer- To view the Wayne County Online GIS, you will
need to download the AutoDesk MapGuide Viewer. The viewer
is absolutely free, is easy to install, and is less than 2
MB in size.
Note: You will only have to download the viewer the first
time that you use the Wayne County GIS site on this PC. If
you are not sure if the viewer is installed, please install
Acrobat Reader- To view some of the supporting documents
you must have this free viewer installed. This allows you
to view "PDF" files which, is a standardized file
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Detailed Soil Interpretations for Land Use for Wayne County.
Wayne County Resource Inventory
Resource Maps for Land Use Planning. Includes historical maps,
geological and utilities as well as others.
Other GIS Sites
US Geological Survey
Indiana Water Quality Atlas
The National Atlas includes soils, volcanoes, and watersheds.
National Elevation Dataset
National dataset containing roads, streams, and aerial photographs
Indiana Geological Survey - Interactive Maps and Geospatial
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Indiana
statistics and research
Center for Advanced Applications in Geographic Information
Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC)
NASA World Wind
The GIS is the result of a combined efforts and funding of
Wayne County Government,
City of Richmond,
Sanitary District, Economic
Development Corporation, and Town of Hagerstown, Indiana.