The mission of the GIS Division is to lead in the management of a shared geographic information resource for local decision makers and the general public, to support County GIS users, to develop precision site/user specific applications, and to share information, ideas, strategies, and solutions in the management of GIS and related technologies, in order to provide more efficient and effective mapping services to Frederick County’s agencies and constituents. The Vision of the Geographic Information Systems Division, for Frederick County, Virginia, is to provide a fully operational County-wide Geographic Information System (GIS) that is used by every agency, department, or citizen that needs and uses spatial data, that improves organization operations and efficiency, that exceeds the high accuracy and standards required by today’s State and Federal guidelines, that improves the professional image of the County in the world of GIS, that encourages participating users to excel in seeking out new technologies, and to build expertise and teamwork to improve decision making within the County of Frederick. The Manager of the Frederick County GIS will strive to ensure that all employees of the department recognize and adhere to Frederick County’s Core Values: Database management, consolidation and redundance reduction are primary functions involved in GIS management. Additional division responsibilities include introduction to GIS, training, and future development of other department and agency end-users to the GIS environment. Top of the line computers in the high-end Pentium IV class with high memory and storage capacity are used to manipulate the GIS Data and controlling software. Information Services (IS) houses the GIS data and provides access through the County’s Lan. Daily conversions of the AS 400 CAMRA file and daily back-ups of the GIS data are conducted by IT. A PC currently manages the web based interactive mapping in the Department of GIS through connections to the net via access with Information Services. GIS staff and end-users rely on the ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.) ‘family’ of software to accomplish the simple and the complex tasks applied to Frederick County’s GIS. This set of GIS software known as ArcGIS includes ArcExplorer, ArcView, ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcPress, Spatial Analyst, MapPlex, and Network Analyst. Using ArcIMS and Freeance, an Interactive Mapping services of general GIS data and photography is provided through County web site. This year’s upgrades to ArcSDE, ArcServer and SQL will bring the County’s GIS system into the ‘mainstream’ by converting datasets into the ‘geodatabase’ environment of mapping with an emphasis on relational editing and database management. The department is well versed in a medley of non-GIS software packages including: Visual Basic, PageMaker, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Presentations, Word Perfect, dBase, Lotus 123, Approach, MrSID, AutoCAD, Corel Draw, Quatro Pro, Graphics Workshop, Dreamweaver, Terra Sync, Active Sync, Crystal Reports, Calendar Creator, Photo House, HTML, and Adobe Acrobat. The GIS Division and the GIS Core Group are making upgrades to system software, hardware and methodology. The main objective is to take the current disbursed data, migrate it all to a geodatabase format and use a standardized database system. Through these actions, the masses of data will be centralized and staff members will have the capability of multi-user ‘relational’ editing through a data administrator. Centralized master files will be housed in a secure location with daily backups. Data updates will be available in a ‘real time’ or at least timely manner and eliminate unnecessary duplication of data or efforts. The data administrator will be feeding the most current and relevant data from the same sources to all editors and end-users. Frederick County’s GIS staff are capable of an extremely wide variety of tasks, problem solving, paper or digital production, formats, and programming. These capabilities include: Source.