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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS GIS? 
A Geographic Information System (GIS), is any system that captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data that is linked to location.  In the simplest terms, GIS is the merging of cartography and database technology.  Geographic Information Systems are used in cartography, remote sensing, land surveying, photogrammetry, geography, urban planning, emergency management, navigation, and localized search engines. 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GIS?
A good place to start is to visit WWW.GIS.COM.  GIS.COM is a portal to GIS information on the web and was created by ESRI, a GIS software developer.  The site is intended to educate anyone interested in geographic technology on the value that technology brings to his or her day-to-day activities. 

WHAT TYPES OF MAPS ARE AVAILABLE? 
Cherokee County offers a free INTERACTIVE MAP VIEWER that allows users to see maps of Cherokee County, N.C. showing property lines, streets, addresses, photography, and other information.  It is a very user friendly program designed for the novice user.  Also, you can view a collection of our most requested maps by visiting our MAP WAREHOUSE. The maps are in Portable Document Format (PDF) for you to download and print at home or in your office.

ARE DIGITAL DATA SETS AVAILABLE FOR THE PUBLIC? 
Yes, GIS data is now available to the public free of charge from the GIS DATA DEPOT page. The GIS DATA DEPOT is a collection of data layers from our GIS data library, which are downloadable in shapefile or file geodatabase format.

WHAT PROJECTION IS THE DATA IN?
Coordinate System:  North Carolina State Plane
Projection:  Lambert Conformal Conic
Datum:  NAD83
Units:  Feet

WHAT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE? 
We use ESRI software products including ARCINFO, ARCMAP, ARCSDE, ARCSERVER, ARCVIEW, ARCREADER, and ARCPAD. 

WHY DOES THE MAP NOT DISPLAY?
Be patient, especially if your internet connection uses a phone modem.  Large amounts of data are being processed each time a request is sent.  It takes some time for the request to be processed and sent to your computer, particularly during times of heavy use.

WHERE IS THE GIS OFFICE LOCATED?
Our office is located on the lower level in the Courthouse, 75 Peachtree Street, Suite 123, Murphy, N.C., 28906.

Last updated: 6/6/2012 9:02:48 AM