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IndianaMap: Data and Visualization for Indiana

IndianaMap is a resource for visualizing and accessing spatial data for the US state of Indiana.   The data source contains elements that other provinces, regional, and state governments might wish to adopt because as I see it, they are incredibly useful to the data user.  In addition, I keep talking with people who state that such adoption has helped them build internal support for their organization’s mission, and recommend examining IndianaMap for that reason as well as a model for how it could work.

One of my favorite things about IndianaMap is that it contains a map viewer, a map gallery, and a layer gallery, linked right at the top of the user interface.   At least 75 layers exist in this resource at the time of this writing.  Two that I was particularly glad to see were the geology layers and the historical 1990s Digital Orthophotoquads.  New imagery at 1 foot spatial resolution is also available.  Yes, 1 foot!  Each of the layers can be examined in more detail, previewed, its metadata viewed, or downloaded for use in desktop GIS software. Layers as map services can also be examined in a web based client, or one can choose to add the layer to the interface’s own Map View. Once you have explored layers of interest, you can use the “Add Content” tool on IndianaMap to quickly add, remove, and manage each layer. Each layer can be examined and saved as a favorite.  Sure enough, after I had used the tool, revisiting the site showed me the layers I had favorited in “My layers” so I could resume my work from a few days ago, right away.

On the Spatial Reserves blog, we often feature sites with a particularly useful user interface.  IndianaMap definitely achieves high quality marks in this regard.  Give it a try!



User Interface for the Indiana Map showing bedrock geology, karst springs, and selecting one of my favorite parts of Indiana’s geology–its limestone.

  1. June 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    How to make that kind of map? Is that what they call, GIS Application? And for you to be able to make that, you should be a GIS Developer? How? Thanks!

    • josephkerski
      June 8, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Amandy – Yes, this is a web-based GIS application– they have all of their layers as REST services – IndianaMap REST Services offers sharing and integration of geography and map information from a simple HTTP protocol to deliver a dynamic, interactive, intelligent map. One way to learn more about being a web developer in GIS is via http://developer.arcgis.com – you can even get a free account there and make your own maps. Also Esri offers a free MOOC – online course – six weeks long – called Do It Yourself Web Apps – see more information on http://www.esri.com/mooc –Joseph Kerski

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