Services

In addition to maintaining several online systems, the GIS team provides mapping and information management services to fill a host of government requirements.

Maps and Apps for use on smartphones and other devices.
Data Hosting and Maintenance
We have several custom-built scripts and applications which transform, update or maintain data for other agencies. Some examples include: Generating a polygon layer from the locations of beehives, copying data from one projection to another, auto-populating values like County, Zip Code, or School District based on a feature's location. We also manage the state's Spatial Database Engine which stores the polygon, line and point data for most of the state agencies.

Geographic Management Software
We also develop and maintain government-internal-use-only applications for collecting and managing geographic data. Examples include: a Windows Mobile sign inventory management application, and an iPad app for improving statewide address position accuracy.

Printed as well as digital maps provided to state departments.
South Dakota primarily uses ESRI's ArcGIS products for creating and analyzing maps and geographic information. The GIS Team has produced several shortcuts and add-ons for ESRI's products. The DataHound serves as a central organized list of the majority of the State's map layers, including tools to rapidly add highly stylized versions of the data to state workers' maps, from state roads to aerial imagery - school districts to public lands. Other shortcuts include: a tool for quickly identifying the lat/lon of a point on any map regardless of the map's projection, a tool which will calculate and optionally record the surface area of any polygon, and several other tools for querying or clarifying whatever data a state employee is working with.

Printed and Static Maps
Occasionally, our expertise is required to make printed maps. There may be a hurry to have the maps available for the office of Emergency Management, or the maps contain a complicated set of layers which must meet exacting federal standards. Whatever the case, the GIS team provides the skills necessary to produce effective, meaningful maps for the rest of the state government.