|Blue Marble Geographics, a Maine-based developer of geographic software
products, has announced several new implementations of its recently launched
BeyondGeo service (http://www.beyondgeo.com).
According to the company, BeyondGeo is an Internet map-server service that
enables businesses and organizations to easily and cost-effectively publish
interactive database-driven maps on their Web sites.
Using BeyondGeo, the town of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, has published
an interactive database-driven tax-assessment map on its Web site (http://www.carrabassettvalley.org)
that allows visitors to access detailed tax-parcel information and view
a citywide map of streets. Clicking on any parcel brings up the related
tax-assessment database detailing lot numbers, dimensions, owner records,
etc. Users can also search and find parcels by any field in the tax-assessment
database and view the highlighted parcels and the associated database records
on the site. The map also features intelligent, scale-sensitive labeling.
"We are very excited about our ability to publish our tax-assessment
database on our Web site with an interactive map. This provides a tremendous
service and value to our citizens, real estate appraisers and agents, and
others throughout our community," said David Cota, Carrabassett Valley's
town manager. "The fact that we didn't have to purchase any software or
hardware was key for us. We were able to create this map from our existing
data, with very little technical effort. There was no need for training
or specialized technical GIS [geographic information systems] skills on
our part. It was very intuitive."
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is using BeyondGeo
to report and publicize oil spill cleanup efforts following the spill damage
caused by the oil tanker Julie N. in September 2000. The Maine DEP used
existing maps, aerial photographs, and the detailed reports gathered through
its assessment efforts with the BeyondGeo solution to create an interactive
map driven from its database of field observations. The map is located
BeyondGeo has been used in other environmental applications as well, such
as publishing detailed interactive erosion maps with integrated photographs
from the field.
According to Blue Marble, the unique database-driven architecture of
BeyondGeo allows map features to directly link to a corresponding database
and display detailed information on that feature, which may include audio
and video files. Using an intuitive, custom-built map composer, users can
select from over 50 map layers (streets, water, landmarks, census data,
etc.) to use separately or in combination with their own maps. Users can
pan, zoom, navigate, and search anywhere within the map.
BeyondGeo was designed to support the GIS power user as well as the
typical business user. BeyondGeo handles traditional dBASE IV and Excel
files and supports most mapping files in their native format, such as ESRI's
ArcView, MapInfo, AutoCAD, MrSID, ECW, and others. For businesses that
simply have a database of locations, BeyondGeo will geocode the file for
free. Blue Marble currently serves over 120,000 customers in over 60 countries.
Source: Blue Marble Geographics, Gardiner, ME, 207/588-2184; http://www.bluemarblegeo.com.