MapsOnline is an Internet-based Geographical Information System (GIS). GIS has been around since the 1960's, but
existed more in the academic setting than in the public setting until the mid-80
's. Since that time many municipalities, regional
entities, businesses, public safety agencies, and others have implemented GIS in order to view, assess, and analyze their data in the form of a map.
The ability to view data as maps can greatly enhance a person's comprehension of information. The old saying that "a picture says a thousand
words" has never been more true than with GIS mapping. The opportunity of replacing paper maps with computer map layers which "fit together" can be a wise business decision
that pays for itself many times over.
Until the early 90's, GIS was limited to large, expensive computers that took a
great deal of expertise to use effectively. Since then, GIS has moved on to the personal
desktop computer. In the past several years, GIS has taken another leap and moved on to the
Internet. GIS on the Internet truly enables the use of spatial data for everyone, with the ultimate goal of maximizing the value of such information.
MapsOnline is a GIS software specifically built for the Internet. Possessing all of the basic functionalities such as map navigation tools,
search tools, layer display control, and local map production, MapsOnline provides the capabilities most in demand today.
MapsOnline is also customizable, enabling the vision of end-users to become reality. MapsOnline is constantly growing as functionality is
added. Each and every end-user is invited to add to the future direction of MapsOnline. The concept is not to lead the customer
where we want them to go, but to support the customer in determining their own direction.