Data in this county just got a makeover.
A new online mapping interface unveiled this week shows public records on a dynamic map -- one you can zoom in and out of and personalize to your own curiosities.
Check out the interface here: geosmart.casperwy.gov.
Try the "2012 MPO Satellite Image" base layer -- these images were captured during the Sheepherder Hill fire last fall, according to Denyse Wyskup, one of the project's GIS gurus.
At this point, property ownership and pothole density are two of the easiest themes to search. (When looking at city streets, the bright green dots are potholes. Looks like our city and county road crews have some work to do.) Data about local crime hot spots and registered sex offenders is on its way, GIS representatives said this week, and local GIS folks will be updating info weekly from here on out.
If rows and columns of numbers make your head spin or your eyes glaze over, GIS mapping may offer a glimmer of hope. Seeing data spewed on a map -- rather than stuffed into spreadsheets -- is a fresh perspective on important public information.
From my conversations with GIS specialists from around the county and state, this technology has the potential to answer key questions for Wyoming developers, politicians and residents:
Where in the state should I place my wind farm? Which way do I point my windmills?
Where are the most important breeding grounds for sage grouse?
Where did funds from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act go in Wyoming?
Where there are more immunizations, is there less disease?
Where, exactly, are all the oil and natural gas wells?
With the Governor's support, Wyoming's new Department of Enterprise Technology has its hands in mapping projects for a number of state agencies, Jacob Mundt told me this week. He hinted that they'd be unrolling some new GIS features soon.
Keep an eye out for more stories about Wyoming's GIS technology here and at Trib.com.