Information Sciences Department
Information Sciences (GIS) department exists to maintain
a high quality, uniform standard of geographic information
across all local government departments and offices and
to disseminate the information to those entities and the
In an environment
of constantly changing information, The Geographic Information
Sciences Department will strive to maintain and disseminate
the most accurate GIS data to the public servants and residents
of Wise County.
Information Sciences Department will strive to provide the
most current and accurate mapping possible and to do so
in a manner that facilitates cooperation and efficiency.
Issues and Challenges:
- Source data
changes on a daily basis
data (incomplete or non-existent property descriptions)
- Timely acquisition
of data from other County Departments
communication and cooperation between departments necessary
to create an enterprise GIS
To provide the county and its citizens an up-to-date
To remain current on mapping land transfers which occur
daily along with property subdivisions etc.
- Work with
the Circuit Court Clerk's Office and the Commissioner
of Revenue's Office to assure new parcel id numbers are
being assigned correctly
- Map new parcels
using land records, survey, plat or any other viable description
- Make mapping
information available to Wise County Departments and the
general public by providing web-based access to the information.
control the parcel map by adding geometry and property owners
for parcels that are not in the database.
the quality of the parcel map by reducing both the number
of "circles" (parcels) that cannot be located or mapped
and the number of parcels with the designation of "Not In
Database" or NIDB.
- Use DEVELOP
students to research the parcels
- Utilize several
databases to track research and history of properties
- Consult with
the Commissioner of Revenue's Office to determine the
status of parcels
the GIS map and publish to the Internet for use by other
departments and the public
Provide the Commissioner of Revenue a visual map for coal
a coal mineral ownership map and formulate a uniform coal
tract numbering system.
- Acquire requisite
mineral data from the Commissioner of Revenue's Office
and Coal Companies
- Meet with
the Commissioner of Revenue and Coal Companies to develop
an indexing standard for tract numbers
a plan for incorporating the coal tract data into the
- Complete the
task and publish on the web
Secure server for data sharing between departments.
Provide all county departments access to the Wise County
GIS files and the VGIN ortho-photography.
- Secure funding
- Obtain, install,
and configure hardware and software for server
- Load updated
GIS files and VGIN ortho-photography onto the server
- Enable countywide
department level access
Implement a maintenance schedule for all Wise County GIS
and implement a quality control system for the updates and
maintenance of the Wise County GIS.
- Prepare list
of layers on Wise County GIS
layers which can be removed or added to Wise County GIS
with departments on update frequency of layers
- Prepare database
with layers and update information
update schedule accordingly
Create Metadata (data about data) for each layer on Wise
users updated information about each layer; when the layer
was updated, who to contact, etc.
- Research metadata
tools and select which tool to use
- Gather metadata
which currently exists and determine which layers do not
- Enter metadata
into software for each layer
- Publish Wise
County metadata on the web through the National Spatial
Add a feature to search by recent sales to the Wise County
users a way to search for current sales or transfers by
town or other features in the Wise County GIS.
- Research current
GIS sites with the feature search by sales
- Devise a plan
for adding the search by sales feature to GIS
- Consult with
vendor and Commissioner of Revenue's Office to design
- Work with
vendor to implement plan
Department of Geographic Information Sciences web page to
be included on county's website.
public with GIS department information and a link to the
Wise County GIS.
- Create web
page with location, contact information, etc.
- Add GIS logo,
GIS website and link strategic plan, ordinance, etc
- Provide data
to Data Processing Manager to publish on web
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