2009 Ohio GIS Conference
Presentation Abstract and Biography

Online Data Distribution

Joe Merritt, Clinton County Engineers Office

After completing a degree in Elementary Education and a brief stint as an elementary school teacher, I began working on a Master’s degree in 1988. During this time I began work as an Automated Mapping Technician for a consulting firm whose primary client was Indiana Bell Telephone in Indianapolis, Indiana. After two years, I accepted a position with the City of Indianapolis, Department of Transportation.
For five years, I worked as a GIS Analyst on the IMAGIS database with the Department of Transportation, using Synercom’s InforMap software. It was during this time that personal computers started to come of age, and I embraced the idea that all of this mapping data could one day be used by anyone on a desktop, personal computer. After a little more than five years with Indy DOT I took a position as Regional Sales Manager for Hansen Information Technologies, and traveled about the mid-west for two years managing client’s accounts and promoting the concept of using a GIS for asset management.
In 1997, Convergent Group a consulting firm based in Englewood CO was awarded a contract with the City of Indianapolis to re-build the city’s GIS initiatives. I accepted a position with CVG as a GIS Support Analyst. During my two years with the company, I was part of an excellent team of professionals that took the city’s GIS user base from less than 100 to over 500. Shortly after a transfer to the city of Columbus to work on a similar contract, I took the position of GIS Manager for Clinton County, Ohio. I have worked in Clinton County now for more than ten years, and am proud to say that GIS is now an integral part of the day to day work flow of each county office. Our service continues to evolve and grow to meet the challenges facing local governments of the 21st century. It is always important to continue educating one’s self and to that end I have recently completed another degree, this one in Business Administration. I continue to proudly serve the citizens of Clinton County Ohio to this day.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 9:50 AM - Track 1

When our GIS Department began more than a decade ago, there were very few tools by which folks could gain access to GIS data. Over the last few years, with the advent of easy to use and easily accessible GIS and mapping applications there is now a plethora of ways that people can gain access to this data. My career in GIS has spanned more than two decades and I have spent the vast majority of this time answering the age-old question of “How can I get this stuff out of my office so people can use it?” My presentation will focus on how Clinton County distributes and uses GIS data through a multi-tiered approach, utilizing interactive mapping web pages, through the use of applications such as Google Earth, ArcGIS Explorer, ArcReader, etc. and through making all of our data available to the public for download, including thousands of scanned maps ranging from 1810 through to the present. We are all about getting people in a position where they can help themselves answer the questions that they have using the products, tools and support that we provide We have also gone to great lengths to offer our data in formats such as intelligent PDF files, shapefiles, GeoDatabase, and in LiDAR specific data formats, to name but a few. We have found through experience that providing data is not the end of the consumer – government relationship; it is the beginning. My presentation will outline how we have been very successful in accomplishing the missions that each and every GIS Departme