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1 Life West of the Border: GIS Clearinghouse Activities in Illinois or… Life West of the Border: GIS Clearinghouse Activities in Illinois or… Serving Gourmet Data on a Fast Food Budget Rob Krumm Illinois State Geological Survey

2 Who Let This Guy In? Why am I here, resident of the Land of Lincoln, attending the Indiana GIS Meeting? Why am I here, resident of the Land of Lincoln, attending the Indiana GIS Meeting? History of working with staff members from the Indiana Geological Survey History of working with staff members from the Indiana Geological Survey Interested in GIS program activities in many states Interested in GIS program activities in many states Hoping to convince some of you to attend a meeting of the Illinois GIS Association Hoping to convince some of you to attend a meeting of the Illinois GIS Association Jill twisted my arm Jill twisted my arm Shapiro’s Deli Shapiro’s Deli

3 Presentation Outline Information about the ISGS Information about the ISGS Information about the Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse Information about the Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse A recent project – historical aerial photography A recent project – historical aerial photography What’s in store – future directions What’s in store – future directions

4 Illinois State Geological Survey Founded in 1905 – located in Champaign, IL Founded in 1905 – located in Champaign, IL A research and service agency – affiliated with University of Illinois – about 200 staff members A research and service agency – affiliated with University of Illinois – about 200 staff members Emphasis on environmental concerns & mineral resources Emphasis on environmental concerns & mineral resources Human interaction with near-surface geology e.g., waste disposal, groundwater, construction materials, geologic hazards & much more Human interaction with near-surface geology e.g., waste disposal, groundwater, construction materials, geologic hazards & much more Historic and continued interest in mineral resources – oil & gas, coal, sand & gravel, limestone Historic and continued interest in mineral resources – oil & gas, coal, sand & gravel, limestone Provide information - publications, maps, GIS data GIS data, GIS data, run field trips, outreach efforts Provide information - publications, maps, GIS data GIS data, GIS data, run field trips, outreach efforts Visit us on the web -- Visit us on the web --

5 Organizational Challenges Our work needs to be driven by societal relevance and as such, focus of work changes Our work needs to be driven by societal relevance and as such, focus of work changes Geologic/topographic/hydrologic information needs to be integrated with other information -- land use planning, habitat analysis, wetland restoration, engineering data, etc. Geologic/topographic/hydrologic information needs to be integrated with other information -- land use planning, habitat analysis, wetland restoration, engineering data, etc. In a relatively short time, field activities & map production have transitioned from manual techniques to the digital environment – GIS, GPS, field-based computing, digital databases, desktop publishing, the web In a relatively short time, field activities & map production have transitioned from manual techniques to the digital environment – GIS, GPS, field-based computing, digital databases, desktop publishing, the web

6 Organizational Challenges Some of our clients expect to find everything they need on the web, and they want it now (or yesterday) Some of our clients expect to find everything they need on the web, and they want it now (or yesterday) Evolution of GIS use within the organization Evolution of GIS use within the organization Early on, we rode the crest of the GIS wave – a relatively small group of users generated some exciting results Early on, we rode the crest of the GIS wave – a relatively small group of users generated some exciting results As the user community expanded, so has the software offering – many staff are interested in many applications As the user community expanded, so has the software offering – many staff are interested in many applications A continued, internal need for user education, training, the development of standards (getting people to pay attention to the standards, etc.) A continued, internal need for user education, training, the development of standards (getting people to pay attention to the standards, etc.) Coordination of efforts and management of digital data resources Coordination of efforts and management of digital data resources More data on-line means a huge impact on network computing, the continued need for more disk space, robust servers, increased demands on back-ups, PC & server upgrades, etc. More data on-line means a huge impact on network computing, the continued need for more disk space, robust servers, increased demands on back-ups, PC & server upgrades, etc.

7 Projects & Applications Coal resources & mined areas Coal resources & mined areas Oil & gas development maps Oil & gas development maps Carbon sequestration Carbon sequestration Regional seismicity & earthquake hazards Regional seismicity & earthquake hazards Aquifer mapping, groundwater protection Aquifer mapping, groundwater protection Geologic quads - 1:24,000 Geologic quads - 1:24,000 Map production Map production Providing digital databases as deliverables Providing digital databases as deliverables GIS Data Clearinghouse & more GIS Data Clearinghouse & more

8 Illinois Clearinghouse

9 Clearinghouse Milestones Illinois NSDI node registered July 1, 1997 Illinois NSDI node registered July 1, 1997 Initial data catalog complete May, 1998 Initial data catalog complete May, 1998 Statewide and County ArcInfo export files Statewide and County ArcInfo export files USGS DRG data access complete Dec., 1999 USGS DRG data access complete Dec., 1999 USGS DOQ data access complete Feb., 2002 USGS DOQ data access complete Feb., 2002 Historic Aerial Photo Archive on-line Aug., 2003 Historic Aerial Photo Archive on-line Aug., 2003 Clearinghouse development is driven by project-specific contract funding Clearinghouse development is driven by project-specific contract funding

10 Illinois Clearinghouse Milestones Over 1 Terabyte of data downloaded by the 5-year anniversary on July 1, 2002 Over 1 Terabyte of data downloaded by the 5-year anniversary on July 1, 2002 For Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2004 For Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2004 average of 311 unique visitors per day average of 311 unique visitors per day average of 2,970 page views per day average of 2,970 page views per day average of 500 DOQs downloaded per day average of 500 DOQs downloaded per day average of 10.5 GB of data downloaded per day average of 10.5 GB of data downloaded per day More than 556,000 users since July ’97 More than 556,000 users since July ’97

11 Illinois Clearinghouse Milestones DOQ Image Service named Geography Network 3rd Place Winner, July 2001 ESRI & National Geographic DOQ Image Service named Geography Network 3rd Place Winner, July 2001 ESRI & National Geographic Illinois named 2001 Digital State Survey 2nd Place Winner in GIS/Transport. category Center for Digital Gov’t Illinois named 2001 Digital State Survey 2nd Place Winner in GIS/Transport. category Center for Digital Gov’t 2002 Digital State Survey – tied for 1 st Place with Arizona in GIS/Transport. Category 2002 Digital State Survey – tied for 1 st Place with Arizona in GIS/Transport. Category Clearinghouse favorably cited in multiple press releases from Governor’s office (former Gov. Ryan…) Clearinghouse favorably cited in multiple press releases from Governor’s office (former Gov. Ryan…)

12 Historical Aerial Photography Project The oldest statewide historical aerial photography for Illinois was acquired 1936 to 1941 The oldest statewide historical aerial photography for Illinois was acquired 1936 to 1941 Film negatives were destroyed by the National Archives in the 1980s Film negatives were destroyed by the National Archives in the 1980s The overall collection consists of about 30,000 photographic paper prints The overall collection consists of about 30,000 photographic paper prints A fabulous collection! A fabulous collection! Project was initiated to scan the photos, convert to images and provide on-line access Project was initiated to scan the photos, convert to images and provide on-line access A keen interest to preserve this collection A keen interest to preserve this collection

13 Historical Aerial Photography Project Photography was acquired by county Prints are organized by flight line, film roll number, and exposure number On-line file access for 45 counties Don Luman (Mr. Remote Sensing), Dee Lund, Sheena Beaverson & Robert White worked on this project Additional funding is required to complete the remainder of the state

14 Access Illinois Historical Aerial Photography by Interactive Map Access Illinois Historical Aerial Photography by Interactive Map Digital versions of ILHAP photographic paper prints are available by county as MrSID compressed files, which can be saved to your desktop Digital versions of ILHAP photographic paper prints are available by county as MrSID compressed files, which can be saved to your desktop The.sid files may be viewed either with a Web browser, after the installation of a plug-in, or an image viewer The.sid files may be viewed either with a Web browser, after the installation of a plug-in, or an image viewer LizardTech (MrSID Plug-Ins & Viewers) available free of charge LizardTech (MrSID Plug-Ins & Viewers) available free of charge

15 Historical Aerial Photography Project Historical Aerial Photography Project Provided on-line - Instructions for downloading Historical Aerial Photography in MrSID format; a screen shot of the Interactive Mapping Web Interface; and descriptions of the navigational tools of the Interactive Mapping Web Interface Provided on-line - Instructions for downloading Historical Aerial Photography in MrSID format; a screen shot of the Interactive Mapping Web Interface; and descriptions of the navigational tools of the Interactive Mapping Web Interface Web browser must have Frames and JavaScript enabled Web browser must have Frames and JavaScript enabled Best viewed using Internet Explorer Best viewed using Internet Explorer

16 HAP – Project Areas Historic Aerial Photography: 45 Counties ArcIMS interface

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19 Illinois Clearinghouse HAP Project Historic aerial photographs provide a ‘snapshot in time’ reference for the landscape of Illinois in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s Historic aerial photographs provide a ‘snapshot in time’ reference for the landscape of Illinois in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s Photos can be compared to newer maps, aerial photography or satellite imagery to address issues such as landscape change, urban sprawl, agricultural practices, vegetation change, historic landuse patterns Photos can be compared to newer maps, aerial photography or satellite imagery to address issues such as landscape change, urban sprawl, agricultural practices, vegetation change, historic landuse patterns

20 Illinois Clearinghouse The Clearinghouse didn’t happen overnight The Clearinghouse didn’t happen overnight Perhaps the most visible result of a 20-year investment in GIS technology by ISGS, Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, Illinois State Museum & others Perhaps the most visible result of a 20-year investment in GIS technology by ISGS, Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, Illinois State Museum & others Many people contributed to the data sets that are on-line – present and past employees of the state scientific surveys and other agencies Many people contributed to the data sets that are on-line – present and past employees of the state scientific surveys and other agencies Also, map-driven access via ArcIMS Also, map-driven access via ArcIMS ILOIL application – oil & gas well data ILOIL application – oil & gas well data ILWATER – access to water wells & other data ILWATER – access to water wells & other data These applications are very popular and taxing our existing infrastructure as well These applications are very popular and taxing our existing infrastructure as well

21 Illinois Clearinghouse What’s in Store? 2005 statewide DOQ update 2005 statewide DOQ update A follow up to a similar effort based on ’98-’99 photography A follow up to a similar effort based on ’98-’99 photography The ’98-’99 project helped put the Illinois Clearinghouse on the map The ’98-’99 project helped put the Illinois Clearinghouse on the map The first time that DOQs for the state were available on-line The first time that DOQs for the state were available on-line

22 2005 DOQ Update So far, a lot of enthusiasm for the 2005 DOQ program, just very little funding for distribution So far, a lot of enthusiasm for the 2005 DOQ program, just very little funding for distribution The planes are in the air! The planes are in the air! A huge hurdle in front of us A huge hurdle in front of us State budget is in a world of hurt State budget is in a world of hurt Lack of stable funding for data acquisition, GIS program coordination Lack of stable funding for data acquisition, GIS program coordination

23 2005 DOQ Update A huge effort with multiple data products A huge effort with multiple data products ’98 – 99 product was 1 m resolution/b&w for the entire state ’98 – 99 product was 1 m resolution/b&w for the entire state ’05 products to include natural color imagery in the six-county Chicago urban area (1.0 ft.) and b&w imagery for remainder of the state (0.5m) ’05 products to include natural color imagery in the six-county Chicago urban area (1.0 ft.) and b&w imagery for remainder of the state (0.5m) A tremendous amount of data A tremendous amount of data An expectation that the data will be available on-line An expectation that the data will be available on-line

24 2005 DOQ Update Funding needed to support staff, application development, server, disk storage, etc. – estimated costs are about $400,000 (over 2.5 years) Funding needed to support staff, application development, server, disk storage, etc. – estimated costs are about $400,000 (over 2.5 years) A tremendous challenge A tremendous challenge Response: It can’t possibly cost that much. Response: It can’t possibly cost that much. ’98-’99 DOQ effort required $280,000 ’98-’99 DOQ effort required $280,000 Reminder: project staff are supported by contracts and grants. No long-term funding from the State of Illinois. Reminder: project staff are supported by contracts and grants. No long-term funding from the State of Illinois. A continuous education process to inform people about the level of effort & costs involved A continuous education process to inform people about the level of effort & costs involved For ’05 cost of data acquisition ($2,204,000) will be less than the costs of the ’98-’99 effort For ’05 cost of data acquisition ($2,204,000) will be less than the costs of the ’98-’99 effort Shouldn’t data distribution costs also be less? Shouldn’t data distribution costs also be less? Nice web applications look easy, so they must be easy to design, get the data on-line, etc Nice web applications look easy, so they must be easy to design, get the data on-line, etc

25 Future Efforts Expand The Data Catalog Making more data readily available is a great goal; what are some of the issues? Making more data readily available is a great goal; what are some of the issues? Long-term funding is needed to address future data purchases Long-term funding is needed to address future data purchases Age of data sets is a real concern Age of data sets is a real concern Emphasis on priority data sets – talking with users, determining what’s needed, what datasets will serve the needs of the user community? Emphasis on priority data sets – talking with users, determining what’s needed, what datasets will serve the needs of the user community? Elevation data – LIDAR Elevation data – LIDAR Updated roads data Updated roads data Updated floodplain/flood hazard maps Updated floodplain/flood hazard maps Maps concerning groundwater resources Maps concerning groundwater resources

26 Thank You Consider a road-trip to attend meetings of the Illinois GIS Association - Next Meeting – April 21 & 22 in Springfield, IL Next Meeting – April 21 & 22 in Springfield, IL -- Mapquest - 3 hrs. 18 min miles, -- Mapquest - 3 hrs. 18 min miles, Indianapolis to Springfield Indianapolis to Springfield Visit the Illinois Clearinghouse at Questions & comments – please me at


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