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Ongoing Projects

Ongoing Projects

Following is a listing of projects that the Support Center has undertaken as of August 2005. Most of these projects support the missions of other agencies. In many cases, Support Center staff work as part of a project team and then assume operational maintenance of the resulting database and/or underlying applications.

Location Based Response System (LBRS)

The LBRS is a multi-million-dollar program to develop highly accurate street centerlines with address ranges and field verified site address points through partnerships with local governments. The centerline data is tied to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) linear referencing system, so information about road and pavement conditions, bridge locations, and auto accident sites can all be related to local government records. Staff at the GISSC are involved with managing this program, coordinating negotiation of MOAs (memoranda of agreements), and publicizing the program to all counties. Impetus for this program came from OGRIP. QA/QC for this data set is performed by GIS staff at ODOT.

Statewide Imagery Program

The primary objective of the statewide imagery project is the delivery of digital orthophotography covering the entire state. This imagery acquisition project will cover the entire land area of Ohio, approximately 41,276 square miles, with at least 1 foot pixel resolution. The imagery will support all levels of government in day-to-day activities including property assessment, economic development, public safety and emergency response. Image acquisition is planned for early 2006 and 2007 with delivery beginning in the fall of 2006.

Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) and The Finder

Ohio is participating in the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP). The SSTP is a multi-state initiative to make sales tax laws, rules, and systems more uniform across states and thus easier for vendors to collect states’ sales taxes. Ohio has changed some of its laws to conform to the provisions of the SSTP. The ultimate goal of the SSTP is to encourage out-of-state vendors—primarily catalog and Internet companies—to collect sales tax for Ohio and other states. Ohio’s state and local governments lose an estimated $600 million annually on untaxed sales by out-of-state vendors.

The Finder

The Finder is a web application that uses spatial technologies to determine the appropriate taxing district for a street address, ZIP Code or geographic coordinate. In addition to identifying sales tax districts, the Finder can be used by Ohio taxpayers to determine if they reside in a particular school district or a municipality with an income tax. The Finder was developed through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Taxation and OIT/ESS in response to the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP).

Department of Commerce/Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) GIS

Support Center staff is working with the Ohio Department of Commerce/Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations to build an application linking inventory, permitting and inspection data to site locations. GISSC has organized data from BUSTR files and geocoded each permit location according to the stated address. Existing data layers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resource (ODNR) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), such as aquifer locations, have been added to the application in order to enable first-pass environmental assessments of permits.

GEOhio Spatial Data Information Portal

The Support Center is maintaining this GIS service delivery platform that currently provides publishing services for spatial data for state agencies. GEOhio is an Open Data Portal that provides access to more than 40 terabytes of geospatial data maintained by the State of Ohio. Most datasets are available to the public for download and have no use restrictions.

School District Boundary Update

The Support Center contracted with Cleveland State University to update the school district boundaries from the 2000 Census Bureau-TIGER Line Files. These boundaries were accepted by the Bureau and incorporated into the TIGER files. Since that time OGRIP has worked with the Department of Education to develop and maintain the statewide school district boundary layer using parcel data acquired from local government sources.