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GIS Resources

Commerce GIS resources can be accessed through Internet Mapping applications or through Internet data services for use in desktop GIS software.

Internet based GIS

Commerce Internet GIS serves two primary purposes, map image viewing and geographic data viewing. Map image viewing occurs through the use of Internet map server technology which serves maps as image files to a browser. Geographic data viewing occurs thorugh the use of Internet technology which streams data, and requires a Java enabled browser. The Commerce Internet map server utilizes the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Arc Internet Map Server (ArcIMS) to produce high quality map images. Click here to learn more about ArcIMS.

We have recently begun WISCOMP, the WISconsin Commerce Online Mapping Project. WISCOMP evolved from the development of the ArcIMS based Brownfields Location Information System. The concept behind the ArcIMS based WISCOMP is to provide a framework to allow for faster deployment of Internet mapping applications in the department. Click here to go to the WISCOMP site.

The Commerce feature mapping services are currently under development. The feature mapping services use ArcIMS and GeoTools, a Java based Internet mapping toolkit. Both require Java enabled browsers. Currently Internet Explorer 5.x, Netscape Navigator 4.x and Opera 5.x have been tested for use with the Java feature mapping web sites. Click here to go to the GeoTools feature mapping test site.

GIS Data Services

As part of Commerce GIS efforts, the department will provide access to GIS data sets and ArcIMS data services as they become avialable. These data sets and data services can be used with ESRI's ArcGIS desktop GIS software or the Java based ArcExplorer 3. Click here to learn more about ArcGIS, and click here to learn more about ArcExplorer. Click here for a listing of available Commerce GIS data sets and ArcIMS data services.

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This document was last revised: December 21, 2001
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
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