A geographic information
system (GIS) is a computer mapping system capable of assembling, storing,
manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information (i.e. spatial
What is a GIS used for?
Local governments (Counties/Cities) typically involve a variety of agencies
including assessors, auditors, engineering, planning, public works, public
safety, recorders, treasurers, and zoning. These agencies are relying more on
GIS technology to plan new land developments, determine tax valuations, maintain
real estate land records, manage public works networks, route emergency
vehicles, analyze crime and accident patterns, manage transportation systems and
study environmental issues.
GIS Coordinator Job Responsibilities and Duties:
The GIS Coordinator will work in planning, organizing, and directing GIS
activities within Jackson County, Iowa. The Coordinator will report to the
Jackson County, Iowa GIS Commission Chair.
Work involves responsibility for providing technical expertise and supervision
for the day-to-day implementation and operation of GIS within the context of
programs and policy directives.
Duties also include coordinating GIS activities of all departments, managing GIS
vendor contracts, planning and organizing system development activities and
other GIS project management activities.
Accessing GIS data
The public is welcome to access GIS data through our
web-based viewer at
Simply select Jackson County, Iowa from the dropdown menu and navigate to View
Map to pull up an interactive map.
This map is updated daily and new layers are constantly being added.
For further instruction on this free service
*NEW! Several counties
store GIS data on the Iowa GIS Data Repository where it is publicly accessible
free of charge. Jackson County GIS is in the process of uploading all of our
vector (point, line, and polygon) data and scheduling regular updates to
continuously provide high quality and up to date information. Most of the data
displayed on Beacon will be available for download. Check it out at www.iowagisdata.org
Governmental and tax supported entities can also gain
access to high resolution ortho-imagery through Eagle View Technologiesí
Pictometry Online, at no additional cost.
For more information contact
Jackson County GIS Coordinator
Jackson County GIS
office will provide public data sets and map services to individuals and
organizations for the cost materials and time spent developing particular
requests. Individual project or map
design requests can be submitted by email, phone or in person to the GIS office
and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
fee schedule for specific breakdown of fees and exceptions
Address of GIS office:
Jackson County Courthouse
201 West Platt Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
Hours Office is open:
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
used in the GIS office
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