Enter the Town of Eden's Geographical Information System using ARC Internet Mapping System.
Introduction to the Town of Eden Geographical Information System/Arc IMS Mapping System on the Internet. . GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, make informed decisions and visualize data in ways simply not possible in the rows and columns of a spreadsheet. Beautiful and interesting maps provide better decision making tools and analysis. Thus making a difference in the decisions we make about our town! It may be helpful to print this page prior to entering Eden's Internet Mapping Site (IMS)to use as reference tool in navigating. Click on this button to enter the Town of Eden's Internet Mapping System Frequently Asked Questions may have just the answer you're looking to have resolved. Our endeavors are on-going in developing this site, if you should have any questions or suggestions for us please do not hesitate to contact us. The Town of Eden makes no warranty, representation or guaranty as to the content, sequence, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any of the data provided herein. The use of these applications indicates your unconditional acceptance of this disclaimer . Return to the Town of Eden's Homepage Site at www.edenny.org  
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1. What are the IMS tools?
2. What are the main features of the Map?
3. What are the Parcel Display Options?
4. How do I locate a Parcel?
5. How do I locate an address?
6. How do I construct a "query"?
7. How do I print a map?

1. What are the IMS Map Tools?

The following table is a summary of the tools found in the Town of Eden Internet Mapping Site with descriptions of each tool's function. It may be helpful to print this page prior to entering Eden's Internet Mapping Site to use as reference tool in navigating.

The various tools displayed below are used to control the map display. Users can ZOOM IN or OUT, PAN the Main Map Window, QUERY the features in the Map Window, MEASURE DISTANCES, etc. These tools are located on the left of the "Map Window" are used to control the map display. Clicking on any button will activate that tool for use. Please note: It is important to remember that the tool which is active - indicated by a red box around the image - remains active until a different button is clicked. The Active tool is also indicated at the lower left corner of the browser window.

IMS Map Tools

Buffer Tool- Buffers selected features
  Clear Selection-Use this tool to clear all selected features
  Find Tool -Use this tool to find information in the table of the active layer
  Identify Tool-Click on a map feature in the active layer to get information about that feature 
  Locate Address-Function tool to locate an address
  Measure Tool - Use this tool to measure distances in the map frame.
  Pan -Holding Down Mouse Button; Use to grab picture & move
  Print Data- print function
  Query Tool  see "How to Use IMS Queries" for more information.
  Set Units Tool -This tool allows the user to change the units that the map is displayed in, for measuring purposes. This tool will access a dialog as seen below for the user to choose the map and display units
  Select by Rectangle-- Use this tool to select features from the active layer by either clicking on a feature or dragging a rectangle
  Select by Line/Polygon-Use this tool to select features
  Toggle Legend Tool-allows the user to draw the legend as it would appear in ArcView
  Toggle Overview Map Tool - Turns Overview Map On or Off

Zoom To (Draw Box or Click)- Click on the map to zoom in to a general area or hold down the left mouse button to drag a box on the map to zoom in to a specific area

  Zoom Out (Draw Box or Click)- Click on the map to zoom out
  Zoom Full (Full Map View)- Zooms to the full extent of the Town
  Zoom Active (Active Layer View)- Zooms to the full extent of the active layer
  Zoom Previous (Previous View)-Zooms to the previous 


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2. What are the main features of the Map?

The main window is where the map is displayed. The contents of the display are controlled by the various tool buttons, layer controls, and queries.


Map Overview Window

This small  window, located in the upper left, displays an overview of the Map Window. The red box  indicates the extent of the map displayed in the Main Map Window. To move the location of the red box in the overview, click with the "pointing hand" icon on the area that you want displayed  in the Overview Window. If you want to resize the red box you must use the "zoom in"  or  "zoom out"  tool from the Toolbar

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There are two primary functions of the Map Layer Controls:

First Function-  To select which map layer(s) to display, check or uncheck the "Visible" column,   this will display the selected layer(s) in the Map Window.

Map Redraw Button :   VERY IMPORTANT! -   The user must click on  "Refresh Map " button whenever layers are changed (turned on/off) to view the new map.

Second Function- Select which layer to make "Active."    In order to query, or ask for information, about the features of a particular map layer, that layer must be turned on as the "Active" layer. While multiple layers can be selected for display, only one layer can be "active."  

The figure to the left provides an example of the Agricultural Districts layer being the "active" layer. Using the identify tool  or the query tool  from the Toolbar would enable the user to obtain information from this layer.

Note that several of the layers are "scale-dependent. " Parcels, and Roads will appear on the Legend depending on how the Map Window is zoomed in or out. These detailed layers are not appropriate to display on a county-wide, "small-scale," map because there is far too much data to be displayed at one time. These layers will only appear on the Layers List when the map is zoomed in to at least a scale where viewing these layers is feasible (approximately the size of a typical town).

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3. What are the Parcel Display Options?

The Parcel Display Option Menu is a drop down box which offers three choices for viewing parcel level maps: Outlines of parcel boundaries, coloration by assessed value, and coloration by land use. Note that the parcel layer is scale-dependent. The parcel layer will not appear in the Legend until the map is zoomed in to a scale that is appropriate to display these small polygons.

The Parcel Display Options menu includes two thematic maps: Current Assessment, and Land Use. The data for these maps are derived from the Real Property System (RPS), and are determined by local assessors. Selecting either of these two thematic maps will open a window containing the appropriate map and/or legend, as seen below.

To view map legend: Click on the Toggle Between Legend and Layers List icon    in the upper left corner of the . This will change the "Layers" list to "Legend," showing all of the symbols (colors, lines, etc.) for all of the visible layers. To revert back to the "Layers" list , click the Toggle Between Legend and Layers List icon again.


Example of Land Use Classification Thematic Map



Example of Current Assessed Value Thematic Map



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4. How do I locate a Parcel?

To locate a parcel by owner, address, or tax number click the "Locate Property" button at the lower portion of the Map View window.

The button will open a Parcel Property Locator window, (shown left), containing "radio" buttons to locate property by owner name, property address, or tax number, and dialog boxes for entering in neccessary information to locate the parcel.

Select appropriate option by checking the radio button, then enter in the relevant information in the space below.

To execute the search click the search button. The results will be displayed in a new window (shown below).

It is possible to zoom into a particular record in the Main Elements of Map Window" by clicking the selection on the number in the first column (Rec) of desired record.

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5. How do I locate an address?

There are several steps involved in selecting an address. Please be cautioned; the address database in this application is not complete. It is based on the Census Bureau's TIGER file, and may not contain the most recent streets or addresses in the Town. Efforts are underway to incorporate a more complete database into this application, and this will be added when it becomes available.

To locate an address, click on the Locate Address button    in the lower right of the Toolbar .

Type in street number, street name and click the locate button to find address. If you are unaware of specific address of location, you can enter information on the nearest cross street.

If the search for the address is successful, the location will be labeled in the main Map Window, and a "Locate Results" window will display the address (shown below). To zoom in closer to the address, click on the number in the "#" column, and the map window will zoom in and center on the address.

The "Locate Another Address" button in the "Locate Results" window can be used to continue searching for addresses.

The search may return multiple results for the Address. The user can click on a choice (using the # column) to display that address.

When you are finished searching for addresses, close the "Locate Results" window. The highlighted, or selected, address can be cleared from the Map Window by clicking on the clear selection icon  on the Toolbar.

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6. How do I construct a "query"?

A query enables the user to ask for specific information about a particular map layer using a different set of variables.

There are several steps involved in constructing a query. The example described below specifies obtaining information from all the locations of the Eden Town Hall from the parcel layers in the Town of Eden. In this example we will query the database to find all the parcels located in the Town of Eden. These same procedures are used to construct a query for any of the other map layers using whatever set of variables you want. It is important to realize that you can only obtain information from the map layer if it's associated database contains that information . For example: if the database for the parcel layer does not contain detailed information such as the square footage of each parcel, then one could not ask to display all the parcels via square footage.

It is not recommended that the query tool     be used for the Parcels layer . As seen above, a button has been specifically created to locate parcels .

Step 1 : Make the Parcel layer active by clicking on the "radio" button. 

Step 2 : Click on the query button   on the Toolbar. This will open up a new window for constructing the query (shown below).

Step 3 : To locate the Eden Town Hall, choose OWNER1 in the Field menu. In the Operator menu select   =. In the Value field, enter Town of Eden Town Hall .

In step three what we have done is created a formula for the software to query the database. Essentially we are asking the system to look at the database of the parcel layer and find all the parcels where the "OWNER1" name "equals" the value " Town of Eden Town Hall ."

IMPORTANT - In the "Value" menu, it is essential that you enter the information in exactly as it appears in the database . If the first time you are unsuccessful and the query comes back with no information found, try again using upper or lower case. For example: If we were to enter in " EDEN ," with all capital letters, the query would come up with no information found.

Step 4: Click on the "Add to Query String" button. This will add your formula to the dialog box enabling the system to execute the query on command.

Step 5 : Click on the "Execute Button". This will perform the database search for all parcels within the Town of Eden for the Eden Town Hall .

Results : A new "Query/ Selection Results" window will open (shown below). Note that this can take a few minutes depending on how large the database is. If more than one record is found, the window will contain a list of all the records located. The scroll bars to the right and at the bottom can be utilized to view the all the records. If more than 25 records are found, the additional records can be listed by choosing "More Records" at the bottom of the list.

After reviewing the details of the records, choose an individual record by clicking on the number in the first column (Rec). This will zoom the Map Window to the selected record. If the parks layer is not turned on, make it visible by clicking the check-box  on the Layer Controls. If the window is zoomed in too close, zoom out using the Zoom-out icon     on the Toolbar and clicking in the Map Window.

After reviewing the selection, clear it by clicking on the Clear Selection      on the Toolbar.

Similar procedures can be used to query any of the map layers, by making them Active, and selecting the appropriate field, operator, and value to construct a query.

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6. How do I print a Map?


To print a map, click on the Printer icon    on the lower left of the Toolbar. This will open a dialogue window where the user may type in a title for the map.

Click on "Create Print Page" to open up a new browser window containing a preview of the printed map. You can then use the File/ Print menu to print the page.

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