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•  Local and Regional Partnerships  •

We have mutually helpful relationships with many organizations and government agencies in our service area.

Local and Regional Archives
There are a number of local and regional organizations that archive historic maps and scientific documents as part of their mission. Agencies and organizations with administrative and construction activities in the region are another rich resource. The local office of the Army Corps of Engineers, for example, has assembled an amazing library of paper maps and air photos over the years. In addition to keeping well-informed on who has what, we need to establish channels for accessing the best possible originals. The conversion of archival material to the spatial databases used by GIS software is only as good as the quality of the original we start with. Local and regional resources that we are aware of include:

  • La Baye features a wonderful collection of documents relevant to the pre-settlement history of the region. In addition to its value as a historical reference, the site is a great destination for people who really like old maps.

Local Government Data
Local governments build extensive libraries of spatial data to support local services – public safety, trash collection and land records to name just a few. We've made data sharing arrangements with local governments to secure access to their databases for students and researchers at UW-Green Bay. Spatial databases obtained via data-sharing arrangements with local governments typically include some or all of the following:

  • Orthoimagery and land use information
  • Planning and zoning data
  • Transportation and communications networks
  • Tax parcel boundaries and tabular data