Title

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is becoming the standard for the

Authors

Chris Brehme

Source

Island Journal

Date

2002

Volume Number

Volume 19

Pages

88-89

Abstract

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is becoming the standard for the exchange and management of data about our physical world. In GIS, extensive databases are linked to maps which allow you to display a combination of information "layers" in a map. Among Maine's islands, Islesboro, Vinalhaven and Peaks have invested in the creation of local GIS databases and are looking at strategies for local empowerment through use of the technology. Islesboro and the Island Institute are working to create a database of human and environmental features on the island, which can be described as a "community atlas." Island Institute Fellow James Essex created a GIS database for Peaks Island that included tide lines, roads, walking trails, building footprints, shoreland topography and zoning.

Subjects

Geographic infomation systems, Islands

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