gis-l: FDEP OTIS/GIS Frequently Asked Questions

North, Joe Joe.North at
Fri Feb 24 12:53:57 EST 2012

Question:  ArcGIS Desktop version 10.1 is supposed to be available soon.  When will this be supported by the Department?
Answer:  In short, soon after the interest in the new version is significant enough and the software is stable enough to merit distribution.  Much like the release of ArcGIS Desktop version 10 in late 2010, we follow a relatively conservative and flexible approach to supporting new releases.  We currently support both versions 9.3.1 and 10 and will very likely continue to do so until a few service packs (that provide fixes to " bugs" found in new releases) have been circulated by ESRI.  It is still too early to announce a version 10.1 agency-wide distribution plan.

Question:  I would like to undertake a project or perform a task that requires OTIS/GIS support.  What departmental standards might apply to my project?
Answer:  There are currently three standards documents that involve enterprise GIS resources;

·         Locational Data Standard which aims to ensure that attribute tables associated with geometric features that are stored in enterprise database management systems contain consistent data elements

·         Information Technology Infrastructure Environment Specification which specifies supported information technology hardware and software

·         GIS Development Standard which provides software, process and data requirement information specific to GIS
Copies of these may be accessed from the Data Management & Specifications section links at the following intranet site:  http://depnet/gis/geodata/index.htm .

Question:  I am an ArcGIS desktop version 10 user and I need to submit metadata to the departments GIS library and/or to others using ArcGIS desktop 9.3.1.  When I do so, the metadata is not usable by SDE or the 9.3.1 recipient.  How do I fix this?
Answer: (Aparna Bokey):  Users needing to submit metadata for inclusion into the departments SDE or to others using previous versions should use Esri's FGDC metadata editor addin for creating/updating metadata in ArcGIS 10. The add-in can be downloaded from here:
Please do not use the 'Edit' button under the 'Description' tab in ArcGIS 10 to create or update metadata shown below as metadata created by this method is stored in the new ArcGIS metadata format and is not compatible with previous versions of ArcGIS - 9.3.1 and earlier versions. FDEP will continue to maintain and publish metadata in the federally established FGDC format. For additional information please see our metadata in ArcGIS10 document<http://depnet/gis/software/arcgis10/Metadata%20in%20ArcGIS10.pdf>
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Other items of interest...

The 2011 High Resolution aerial imagery data layer available via Data Miner and GIS Image will soon be appended to include Clay, Flagler and Osceola counties.  This should complete the dataset for counties which were "flown" in the winter of 2010/2011 as part of the Florida Ortho Photo program coordinated through the Department's of Revenue and Transportation.  The new counties should be viewable within a couple weeks.  Counties currently scheduled to be flown this winter include the following: Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Brevard, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Glades, Palm Beach, Broward, Dade, Monroe, Collier (most south-easterly third of the state) and Holmes and Washington.

Imagery for these counties should begin to be available to you through Data Miner, Image Server, Map Direct this spring.

Have a great weekend!

Joe North
GIS Coordinator/ Data Processing Manager
Geographic Information Systems
Office of Technology & Information Services
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Rd., MS 6520
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Phone: 850-245-8296
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