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ESRI’s ArcIMS, the foundation for distributing geographic information system (GIS) data and applications on the Internet, is powering a new application at city government offices in Washington, D.C.

In June, the District of Columbia launched DC Atlas, an enterprise GIS for its employees. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) in Washington, D.C., worked with ESRI business partner, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., to develop the ArcIMS Intranet-based tool that brings together data from the city’s 67 departments and delivers it to staff members’ desktops.

An ArcSDE geodatabase from ESRI enables city employees to access more than 150 map layers including demographic, socioeconomic, and spatial data. DC Atlas supports the city’s departments with instant access to a wealth of information such as orthophotos; planimetric maps; and maps of service areas, political and administrative boundaries, development areas, fire and police stations, hospitals, schools, and libraries.