County GIS Maps in Ohio
GIS stands for Geographical Information Systems. GIS
allows users to simultaneously view detailed maps and extensive
data. GIS is the high-tech equivalent of the map. Many Ohio County
Auditors have moved county map information to a GIS system to provide
the many benefits of these advanced mapping systems to their county
governments. The links below give you quick access to the GIS maps
of these counties.
What is GIS?
Maps contains information used in different ways by
different individuals and organizations: locating ourselves in relation
to the world around us, finding telephone wires and gas mains under
the streets, locating mineral deposits and, in the case of the county
auditor, determining the location and ownership of parcels of property
in the county.
The map has been in existence in much the same form
for thousands of years but the traditional, printed form has a number
of limitations. First, maps have been difficult and expensive to
keep up to date. Second, often your area of interest lies on the
corner of four adjacent sheets. In addition, maps are often very
complex and may require an expert to extract the particular data
which are of interest.
In a GIS system all of the different types of map data
are stored in a computer and displayed on a monitor or printed on
paper. With GIS, the user can determine which area of the map is
to be displayed and, which of the different sets of information
(roads, settlements, vegetation, etc.) is of interest to him or
her. This provides great flexibility, allowing a paper map to be
quickly produced which exactly meets the needs of the user.