We are pleased to announce that IMAGIN (Improving Michigan’s Access to Geographic information Networks) has awarded the North Country Trail Association their Innovation in GIS (Geographic Information System) Award for 2015!
The GIS Innovation Award is presented to an organization that finds innovative ways to use geospatial solutions to enhance workflow processes. Candidates for this award should have successfully implemented a geospatial technology, service, or application that is new and innovative to their organization. Applicants will be judged on collaborative efforts, contribution to the workflow, and original ideas.
The award was the result of the way we’ve implemented ArcGIS Online, as well as integrating Geospatial PDFs as supporting downloads for many of our maps. Special recognition goes to Matt Rowbotham, our GIS coordinator, who has kept the North Country Trail Association on the cutting edge of new mapping technology.
In recent months, we’ve launched new efforts for how we share our trail information. We’ve enriched our maps with things like the “half-mile” waypoints and have provided digital versions of maps that become geo-spatially aware on smart phones and tablets. Additionally, ArcGIS Online has allowed us to provide users direct access to our trail data, seamlessly across desktop and mobile platforms. All of these tools enhance and improve the experiences of our hikers and volunteers.