A Tale of Two Perspectives
The task of developing GIS databases.
Presenters: Robert Spurlock, Regional Trails Planner, Oregon Metro; Max Woodbury, GIS Specialist, Oregon Metro Research Center; Jenny Konwinski, GIS Technical Lead, Washington State Trails; Reid Ammann, Washington State Trails Database Project
GIS is a powerful tool for planning and managing trails. Many efforts to build comprehensive trail databases are currently underway around the country. Two Pacific Northwest organizations discuss how they approached the task of developing their GIS databases. Metro, the Portland-area regional government, designed and built a database for over 3,000 miles of trails, while the State of Washington is currently building a standardized database for approximately 11,000 miles of trails.
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