Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC), founded in 1981, is a state agency charged with facilitating an enterprise-wide approach to the implementation of digital mapping, locational analysis, and related geographic technologies in Utah.
State law requires AGRC to perform specific duties that benefit state and other levels of government, as well as the private sector and citizens. These include: maintaining data and access to a geographic data library called the State Geographic Information Database (SGID); providing a survey grade Global Positioning System base reference network; and, stewardship of geographic datasets and services in support of emergency response, road and property inventories, local administrative and voting boundaries, and municipal and regional planning.
In addition to statuatory responsibilties, AGRC operates as a cost recovery center for GIS-related project and grant-funded work for a diverse set of customer organizations. AGRC provides contractual services in the areas of data development, database design and implementation, cartography, spatial analysis, training and internet mapping services and applications. Clients have included: state agencies (DEQ, DNR, USTC, DCED, DAS, UDOT, GOPB, federal agencies (EPA, USFS, BLM, USGS), all 29 Utah counties and other local government, and nonprofit agencies.
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Utah GIS Resources
The Utah GIS Advisory Committee (GISAC) is chaired and organized by AGRC to facilitate coordination of GIS resources and implementation among state, federal, & county government and other interested parties. GISAC members worked with the Utah geospatial user community to author the Utah Geospatial Infrastructure (UGI) Strategic Plan and related business plans (Data Inventory, Data Archiving)
Utah Geographic Information Council the state's GIS professional users organization is a 501 c3 with over 600 members which hosts a statewide GIS users conference every spring. Utah GIS Portal is a website founded by AGRC, UGIC, and GISAC with the aim of one-stop shopping for GIS related resources. As of February 2009, the site had over 1800 registered users (since its inception in Dec '07) and averages 100-150,000 page views per month. The site includes upload and download of GIS data layers, GIS contact information, GIS news, GIS events, and related resources and links.
Utah's State Geographic Information Database (SGID) was formalized by Utah Legislature in 1991 (Utah Code Annotated 63F-1-507) and is one of the first state GIS libraries of its kind. The SGID is a state-owned, enterprise asset built by multi-level partnerships with all levels of public sector, universities, the private sector, and others.
Currently the SGID contains over 400 thematic layers of geospatial data. Examples of SGID Layers include:
The SGID is a heavily utilized resource. An average of 10,000 data files (approx. 400 GB) are downloaded from the SGID each week. During the work week the SGID database server handles an average of 175 concurrent user connections and an additional 50 concurrent connections to the Aerial Photography and Map Imagery Server. (Stats are from February 2009)
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a model of the real world stored in geographic coordinates that is stored within a database. As a integral piece of the information technology fabric, a GIS implementation must be able to capture, store, analyze, integrate, manage, and present geospatial data (anything with a locational component).
Three of the most cited benefits of implementing a GIS are:
GIS professionals work actively to bring together information, business processes, and organizations to improve operating efficiencies in many areas including:
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Other Internet Mapping Services
To view more mapping services please visit mapserv.utah.gov.
Utah Atlas Map
The base map services used in the Utah Digital Map are tile cached service. This means speed. The server does not need to render the vector and image data when requested. It is preprocessed and stored on disk. For more information about the Map service and how you can use them in either ArcMap or a web site please refer to articles on the GIS Portal
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