A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer mapping system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information (i.e. spatial data).
What is a GIS used for?
Local governments (Counties/Cities) typically involve a variety of agencies including assessors, auditors, engineering, planning, public works, public safety,
public health, conservation, recorders, treasurers, and zoning. These agencies are relying more on GIS technology to plan new land developments, determine tax valuations, maintain real estate land records, manage public works networks, route emergency vehicles, analyze crime and accident patterns, manage transportation systems and study environmental issues.
GIS Department Responsibilities:
The GIS Department will work in planning, organizing, and directing GIS activities within Delaware County, Iowa. Work involves responsibility for providing technical expertise and supervision for the day-to-day implementation and operation of GIS within the context of programs and policy directives.
Duties also include coordinating GIS activities of all departments, managing GIS vendor contracts, planning and organizing system development activities and other GIS project management activities.
Other activities include:
Manages GIS resources for Delaware County, Iowa, Determines user needs with input from user departments, Manages contracts with GIS hardware, software,
and data conversion vendors, and other providers of GIS products and services, Assists in preparation of annual budget for GIS operations, capital expenditures,
and professional services, Work in coordination with the Delaware County, Iowa GIS Committee.